HPEM2GAS - Project Workshop Registration - November 2018
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The HPEM2GAS consortium is pleased to invite you to the Project Workshop of the HPEM2GAS project.


The workshop will take place on Tuesday,
12 February 2019 in Emden, Germany at the Hochschule Emden-Leer.


Facts & Figures

Full name: High Performance PEM Electrolyzer for Cost-effective Grid Balancing Applications
Acronym: HPEM2GAS
Duration: 36 months
Start date: April 2016
Total budget: 2,65 M€
EC Funding: 2,5 M€

HPEM2GAS - Consortium

The HPEM2GAS consortium consists of 7 partners from 5 different European countries.

1 - CNR-itae
2 - ITM
3 - SLV
4 - EWII
5 - SWE
6 - HSEL
7 - UNR

Workshop information


Tuesday, 12 February 2019


Hochschule Emden-Leer - University of Applied Sciences
Constantiaplatz 4
26723 Emden

'Coram' (Veranstaltungsraum)

Hotel and travel information

- How to get there
- List of available hotels

Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking


This project has received funding from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking under grant agreement No. 700008. This Joint Undertaking receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and Hydrogen Europe and Hydrogen Europe Research.

Introduction by the Coordinator - CNR-ITAE

Distributed energy generation using renewable power sources and advanced energy storage technologies are of paramount importance for the future energy system. Hydrogen will assume in the future increased environmental and societal relevance in addressing energy issues, pollution and global warming.  

The HPEM2GAS project is developing a low cost PEM electrolyser optimised for grid management through both stack and balance of plant innovations, culminating in a six month field testing of an advanced 180 kW system. Several strategies have been applied to lower the overall cost with the aim to enable widespread utilization of the technology. These primarily concern a three-fold increase in current density (resulting in the proportional decrease in capital costs) whilst maintaining cutting edge efficiency and a material use minimisation approach.

The aim of HPEM2GAS is to demonstrate a combination of high electrolyser performance and proper dynamic behaviour for storing the surplus of renewable energy in hydrogen to cover the gap between the intermittent renewable power production and the grid demand.

- Antonino Salvatore Aricò (CNR-ITAE)

The construction of the HPEM2GAS field test is in full swing!

The construction started in September 2018 and will be ready for the Project Workshop. Click here to see more construction images! 

The MEA development has been completed with the manufacture of 75 optimised full size MEAs.

The MEA development in the HPEM2Gas project has been completed with the manufacture of 75 optimised full size MEAs (415 cm2) for the final stack. The below listed MEA target values were as follows:
  • Reduce the cathode PGM loadings with a factor of >5 down to <0.1 mg/cm2
  • Reduce anode noble-metal catalyst loading to <0.4 mg/cm2
  • Demonstrate long-lifetime potential with single cell MEA having a degradation rate of <5 μV/h
  • Achieve a current density of 3 A/cm2 at 1.8 V/cell and 4.5 A/cm2 at ECell <2 V
All the above listed project targets, with respect to MEA catalyst loading and performance, were obtained for single cells based on the Solvay membrane Aquivion® E98-09S, stabilised Solvay ionomer (D98-06ASX), and optimised catalysts developed by CNR-ITAE (cathode 40% Pt on C and anode: Ir0.7Ru0.3Ox). Long-term single-cell steady state test at 3 A/cm2 proved an overall degradation rate of 8 µV/h.
A long-term four-cell stack test with full sized MEAs, having a total loading of 1.5 mgPGM/cm2, has been conducted. The average cell voltage at 3 A/cm2, was 1.83 V and at 4.5 A/cm2 was 1.95 V (75°C, 20 bar). An irreversible degradation rate of 4 µV/h was obtained after 1,000 hours at 3 A/cm2 at 54ºC and 20 bar(g).
HPEM2GAS is a Horizon 2020 / Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH2 JU) funded project which focuses on the development of a low cost PEM electrolyser for grid management and its related key technologies.

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