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Fuel Cell Research

Volume 226: debated on Wednesday 16 June 1993

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To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will list all the projects supported by his Department since 1990 involving research into fuel cell technology giving the amount of money involved in each project.

Since 1990 the DTI has supported 16 projects on advanced fuel cells worth over £4 million in total. They are:

Composite Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) Membrane Development910,000
System Integration Study for SOFC Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Systems64,000
Internal Reforming on SOFC Anodes219,000
Evaluation of Integral Planar SOFC Concept—Phase 149,000
Evaluation of Fuel Cell Components85,000
Development of Membrane Electrode Assemblies216,000
Experimental Studies on Low Cost Solid Polymer Fuel Cells (SPFCs)2,000,000
Development of Cathode Material for SOFCs79,000
Development of High Temperature Bonds for SOFCs50,000
Scale up of Components for SOFCs70,000
SPFC Applications Study50,000
SOFC Design Study62,000
Initial Studies on MEAs127,000
Fuel Cell Membrane Testing13,000
SPFC Design Study51,000
Implications of Design, Materials and Fabrication for SOFCs55,000
A further 13 projects, worth about £5 million in total, are currently being considered.In addition, the DTI has funded several consultancy studies related to fuel cells.