(Foto: TU Graz / Helmut Lunghammer)

Fig.: Presentation of the national reward "Mobilität 2017" (bmvit, 27.01.2017) by the Federal Minister for the research project "H2 Mobility" .

IEA Workshop 15.05.2017 (Annex 31 & 35)

Highlights of International Fuel Cell Research 2017

Over 70 participants from 13 countries (Austria, China, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Israel, Japan, Finland, France, Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden, and USA) attended the exciting workshop “Highlights of International Fuel Cell Research 2017” on May 15, 2017.

Prof. Harald Kainz, Rector of Graz University of Technology, opened the workshop and welcomed the renowned scientists. Theodor Zillner, representative of the Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (bmvit), pointed out the importance of the international network IEA and the international cooperation in science and technology.

D.J. Liu, Argonne National Laboratory USA and Operating Agent of Annex 31 and Fabio Matera, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche Italy and Operating Agent of Annex 35, introduced the IEA Technology Collaboration Programme and the Annexes. Prof. Viktor Hacker, Institute of Chemical Engineering and Environmental Technologies of TU Graz and local organiser of the workshop, gave a short overview of research groups in the field of fuel cells in Austria.

In the main session, the experts presented and discussed in 15 lectures the results and scientific breakthroughs of international fuel cell development. In the evening, the poster session gave the opportunity for discussion with the experts and national representatives of the annexes.

See the program.


  1. Introduction of Annex 31 under IEA Advanced Fuel Cells Technology Collaboration Programme
    D.J. Liu, ANL, USA

  2. Introduction of Annex 35 under IEA Advanced Fuel Cells Technology Collaboration Programme
    F. Matera, CNR, Italy

  3. Overview of Fuel Cell R&D in Austria
    V. Hacker, TU Graz, Austria

  4. Introduction of the Research Work on Metallic Bipolar Plate for Fuel Cell in SJTU
    S. Lan, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China

  5. Latest Results on High Temperature PEMFCs
    H. A. Hjuler, Danish Power Systems, Denmark

  6. Hydrogen Contaminant Risk Assesment
    J. Viitakangas, VTT Technical Research Centre, Finland

  7. Fuel Cell Activities in France
    S. Baranton, Université de Poitiers, France

  8. PEFC Activities at CEA Liten on Small Power Fuel Cells Systems
    J. Thery, Liten-CEA, France

  9. Developments for Fuel Cells Operating on Liquid Fuels at the Fraunhofer ICT
    C. Cremers, Fraunhofer ICT, Germany

  10. Annex 37, Modelling of Fuel Cells Systems - History and Activities
    S. B. Beale, FZ Jülich, Germany

  11. Current Work on DMFCs in Jülich
    A. Glüsen, FZ Jülich, Germany

  12. Development of Advanced Corrosion-Resistant Catalyst Supports for PEMFCs
    L. Elbaz, Bar-Illan University, Israel

  13. PEFC Research Activity at CNR-ITAE
    A. Carbone, CNR-ITAE, Italy

  14. PEFC Activities at ITAE on Portable Fuel Cells
    F. Matera, CNR-ITAE, Italy

  15. Japan's Fuel Cell Development
    C. Ishii, Technova Tokio, Japan

  16. Performance Limitations in Anion-Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells
    G. Lindberg, KTH Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm, Sweden

  17. Recent Development in PGM-Free and Ultralow Pt Catalyst Development at Argonne
    D. J. Liu, Argonne National Laboratory, USA

  18. EIS Assisted Degradation Investigation in PEFCs
    M. Bodner, S. Weinberger, TU Graz, Austria


Improving the lifetime of fuel cells

Application areas for fuel cells include mobile and automotive applications, decentralised power generation and portable devices. The research and development at the Institute of Chemical Engineering and Environmental Technology is focusing on the improvement of the performance and durability of fuel cells. Fuel cells are characterised under realistic operating conditions and under conditions for accelerated ageing (Accelerated Stressing Test; AST).

In-situ analysis of failure modes of polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells (PEM-FCs) is carried out using polarisation curves, cyclic voltammetry, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, hydrogen diffusion measurement, gas analysis and the quantification of fluoride ions. Reference electrodes are used to measure cell potential distribution, current density distribution is measured using segmented cells. Also extreme conditions such as hydrogen starvation and cold-start at -20°C are investigated.

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Gas conditioning for fuel cells

Low temperature fuel cells utilise predominantly hydrogen to produce heat and power. Commercial processes for hydrogen production and purification are technologically mature for large scale applications such as refineries but not feasible for small decentralised applications. Therefore new and innovative technologies are developed in order to fulfil the requirements of these novel energy systems. Research is focusing on the demonstration of the reformer sponge iron cycle (RESC), which is currently operated as a fixed bed reactor for reforming gaseous and liquid hydrocarbons to hydrogen in the laboratory.


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Development of fuel cell components

The R&D efforts focus on the development of innovative electrolytes and membranes for low temperature fuel cells. The work includes the synthesis of new catalysts for alkaline fuel cells and the optimisation of platinum catalysts for acidic fuel cells. A method for the processing of carbon nanofibers (CNFs) as catalyst carrier was developed. Fibrous carbon has a significantly smaller surface area than carbon black but extraordinary mechanical and physical properties as well as a higher resistance towards chemical and electrochemical corrosion.

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International Summer School on Advanced Studies of Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells

more informations and registration here...

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