Project Objectives

The aim, concept, and the choice of the technological solution of FCpoweredRBS project have been designed to match perfectly with the scope and objectives of the FCHJU 2010 call in the “Application Area Early Markets” (SP1-JTI-FCH.4) and the topic on “Demonstration of industrial application readiness of fuel cell generators for power supply to off-grid stations, including the hydrogen supply solution” (SP1-JTI-FCH.2010.4.2). The objective of this action is to demonstrate the industrial application readiness and market appeal of hydrogen and fuel cells for powering stand alone off-grid stations.

In the following table project scientific and technical objectives are reported with respect to the call requirements:

 

Objectives for this topic How project addresses objectives 
Demonstrate the advantages of hydrogen and fuel cells with the supporting hydrogen refuelling infrastructure for delivering the expected power supply service, compared to the solutions used today Off-grid sites power generation is often limited by energy availability for remote site. Whereas the integrate use of PV with batteries may allow for prolonged operations. FC based solution may both increase the hours of unattended operation due to the higher efficiency and to the storage potential of H2 or Methanol.
Demonstrate a significant number of sites and shall be based on sufficient maturity levels of fuel cell systems & hydrogen supply solutions The 20 sites minimum target foreseen for the FCpoweredRBS Project test phase represents a very significant  large scale demonstration which will allow a complete assessment of the technology to this specific application and to this very interesting early market. The systems and solutions used in this project have track records documenting high maturity levels.
Show a commercial customer value proposition and shall be conceived envisaging a continuation of efforts in high volume deployment projects leading to market introduction on full commercial basis  The customer value proposition is an intrinsic part of the project, being the final users an active part of the test. Should all the FCpoweredRBS Project targets be demonstrated, the market potential in EU only will already be in the range of thousands of applications per year. Even more significant numbers are expected in the developing areas of north Africa, India and far east. The participants in this project have the capabilities of moving the technology to full commercialisation.
Moving forward the standards developments that will support the commercial development of this application The FCpoweredRBS Project tests will be made in real sites and will then require the development of a clear certification procedure. The integration of the FC and H2 technologies with other existing technologies in the Telecom world will also require the development of a common certification level which will be instrumental for the commercial development of this application
Demonstrate a viable hydrogen supply solution for this application Although the H2 supply would not represent a major issue in this project, a real set of supply solution will be developed for some of the system configurations that will be tested.
Dissemination of results Targeted dissemination to potential users is considered critical and will be approached through participation in specialised seminars, both directly related to the fuel cell industry, and in seminars and trade fairs relating to final applications.
Exploitation issues will also be studied regarding the identification of non-technical barriers to deployment of this technology.
Certification procedures & RCS The relevant Regulations, Codes and Standards (RCS) currently in place and under development will be the basis for the institution of harmonised certification procedures to facilitate public acceptance and legal approval by authorities.
Life cycle assessment  A separate task will deal exclusively with the economic aspects of the technology. It will, in particular, calculate life cycle costs for fuel cell technologies using the results of the project and conduct an assessment of the economic payback periods required for fuel cell technology as compared to conventional solutions already available in the marketplace. Environmental considerations will also be taken into account, to estimate reductions of greenhouse gas emissions from this technology.

Demonstration Project for Power Supply to Telecom Stations through FC technology