The final objective of the EU-Project FURTHER-FC is to support and promote the manufacturing and deployment of fuel cell vehicles, through the specification and design of better performing and more durable Membrane Electrode Assembly (MEA) as core and critical component for the electrochemical conversion in Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells (PEMFCs).
3D digital images of cathode catalyst layer (CCL) microstructure obtained via FIB-SEM allow to differentiate the pore space from the solid phase but do not allow to identify directly the ionomer and the carbon phase. As illustrated in the figure, partitioning algorithms are developed to distribute the ionomer and the carbon phase in the images. This is a necessary step for computing CCL transport properties from numerical simulations.
Fig. 2D image of cathode catalyst layer microstructure (dimensions are expressed in voxel size unit (5 nm)). Pore space in light blue. Tentative partitioning of solid phase between the carbon particles (violet) and ionomer (yellow)
FURTER-FC started on 01.01.2020
The consortium is pleased to announce that the EU-funded project started on January 1st, 2020.
First FURTER-FC workshop
Our first public workshop was held on July 6, 2022 (09:00-17:00, CEST) at the German Aerospace Center in Stuttgart, Germany with about 140 registered participants (face-to-face and online).
We had top-class international speakers (Many thanks for presenting your research!) and a great audience.
PEMFC is the promising technology for automotive applications with a large deployment horizon by 2030. However, in view of extending their use to a broad range of customers, progress have to be done in terms of cost, performance and durability.
The FURTHER-FC project aims at understanding performance limitations due to the coupling between electrochemical and transport issues in the Cathode Catalyst Layer (CCL) which is the main bottleneck for future PEMFC