Frank de Bruijn
PhD in chemical engineering is employed at Nedstack since 2010 as chief technology officer. Frank is responsible for the research and development of new products and technical sales support at NedStack. Before joining Nedstack, he was responsible for the hydrogen, fuel cell and CO2 capture development of the Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN). His expertise is in PEMFC technology, on which he works since 1996, on heterogeneous catalysis, and on hydrogen production technologies. Currently he is member of the Grove Committee which organizes the international Grove Fuel Cell Conference, member of the Dutch Platform Nieuw Gas, a national think tank on the Gas Transition, and member of the advisory board of the scientific journal ChemSusChem. In 2009 he was appointed as a professor of Gas Conversion Technology at the Groningen University. He is author of more than 30 scientific papers, four book chapters and co-inventor of two patents.
Nedstack is the largest independent PEM fuel cell producer in Europe and the second worldwide. AkzoNobel started the development of fuel cells in 1989. This expertise was transferred to Nedstack when it started as an independent enterprise in 1998. Nedstack’s fuel cells have been in commercial operation since 2007. Nedstack now employs about 40 people. NedStack is a member of New-IG, the European Industrial Grouping Hydrogen and Fuel Cells which is member of the FCH JU. Nedstack produces Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) hydrogen fuel cells, the most versatile type of fuel cells available. Nedstack’s customers integrate these into systems to power various applications: backup electricity supply for telecom, rail and utilities as a replacement for batteries, continuous power supply for telecom base stations and radio towers in developing countries to replace diesel generators, continuous energy supply in the chlorine, caustic soda and sodium chlorate industries through conversion of the by-product hydrogen, electricity supply for electric city buses as a replacement for diesel-powered vehicles, trolleys and trams.
Fluid Management component improvement for Back up fuel cell systems
Requirement for sustainable and environmentally acceptable energy sources initiated rapid development of various energy production technologies, mostly employing renewable energy sources. But in the shade of the new technologies remain already well established tehnologies that are no less important for reliable and efficient operation of energy plants as well as the costs of the produced energy. The so called balance of plant (BoP) components are therefore the main scope of the FluMaBack project, focusing mainly on BoP components for fuel cell systems.
The project brought together ten partners both enterprises and research institutions from four EU countries in quest for improved design and operation of various BoP components in terms of improved reliability and efficiency, extended lifetime, simplifying production and reducing overall cost of an entire fuel cell system.
FluMaBack project scope and goals
The FluMaBack (Abbreviation for Fluid Management component improvement for Back up fuel cell systems) project aims to improve the performance, life time and cost of BoP (balance of plant) components of back up fuel cell systems specifically developed for emerging countries where long black-outs occur (8-9 hours per day) and very hard operative conditions are present (high temperature, high degree of humidity). Due to this requirement for long time operation the improvement of sub-system components addressed in the present project will benefit both back-up and CHP applications. The project focuses on new design and improvement of BoP components, aimed at:
The project is focused on the most critical BoP components with the largest potential for performance improvement and cost reductions:
Project consortium consist of both industrial and academic partners. Relevant research institutes and universities support the industries in the development and evaluation of BoP components. As the industrial partners are actively supplying the fuel cell business, the project results can be implemented rapidly, enhancing the impact of the project.