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  • National Council of Research - Institute for Advanced Energy Technologies - Messina, Italy - CNR
  • The CNR-ITAE Institute, located in Messina (Italy), belongs to the Italian National Council of Research, Department of Energy and Transportation. The CNR-ITAE has a long and proven experience (around 30 years) in several categories of electrochemical and energy conversion devices including fuel cells, water electrolysers, photoelectrolysis cells, chloro-alkali devices as well as in renewable energy sources. CNR-ITAE has coordinated previous European programmes and it is presently coordinator of an Italian FIRB project Rinnova dealing with the direct coupling of RES with electrochemical energy storage devices and two National Integrated projects on fuel cells. The research approach of CNR-ITAE is based on a mixture of basic and applied research, achieved by a multidisciplinary approach, innovating the electrochemical energy conversion technologies with the up-to-date knowledge in materials science, catalyst preparation, micro and nanotechnologies, polymer science, system engineering.

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  • European Commission, Directorate-General Joint Resaerch Centre, Institute for Energy - Petten, The Netherlands - JRC
  • The Institute for Energy (IE) is part of the Directorate General Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission. Its mission is to provide scientific and technical support for the conception, development, implementation and monitoring of community policies related to energy. Special emphasis is given to the security of energy supply and sustainable and safe energy production.
    JRC supports EU actions by executing its specific research programmes in the fields of clean and sustainable energy spanning both nuclear and non-nuclear domains. Typical activities encompass nuclear safety in the enlarged EU, clean, efficient biomass combustion and gasification, and harmonisation and validation of safety and performance assessment of PEM electrolysers and hydrogen technologies. The Institute concentrates on S&T reference systems for policy support at European level, networking, especially in areas where integrated action at the Community level in support to policies is needed, and finally on mobility of scientific skills. It also performs contractual work co-financed by the indirect actions of the Framework Programme (FP) and work for third parties as well as work at the direct request of Commission Services.

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  • Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - Montpellier, France - CNRS
  • The laboratory for "Aggregates, Interfaces and Materials for Energy" (directed by Dr. Deborah Jones) of the Institute Charles Gerhardt, is a joint CNRS-University Montpellier 2 research unit, labelled as a Carnot Institute by the French Ministry of Research in recognition of its very high quality level collaborative research with industry. Since the early days of the European JOULE projects this group, currently comprising 12 staff members and 10 post-docs and doctoral students, has contributed to novel approaches to intermediate and high temperature PEM fuel cell membranes, and to the development of new concepts for hybrid and composite membranes, as well as to the understanding of degradation mechanisms leading to membrane and MEA failure. Its recent work includes development of zero and one dimensional carbide and oxide electrocatalyst supports for high temperature PEMFC. The group has participated in FP6 IPHE-GENIE, CARISMA and Autobrane, in which Dr D. Jones was coordinator of the Membranes sub-project, and Coordinator of the CARISMA European Coordination Action on High Temperature Membrane Electrode Assemblies. These projects all ended in 2009. The group is currently a partner in FCH-JU KEEPEMALIVE and coordinates MAESTRO and QuasiDry, respectively on degradation phenomena, improved PFSA membranes for stationary applications, and phosphonic acid functionalised membranes and MEAs for automotive PEMFC, and a partner in the Marie Curie ITN SUSHGEN on sustainable hydrogen generation by high temperature PEM electrolysis. This laboratory initiated and organises the international conference series "Progress on materials for medium and high temperature polymer electrolyte fuel cells". There are recent excellent collaborations with CNR-ITAE through Autobrane, CARISMA and QuasiDry.

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  • SOLVAY SPECIALTY POLYMERS ITALY, a society of the Solvay Group, results from the acquisition of Ausimont by Solvay in 2002. Ausimont was born in 1982 as the society of the Montedison group devoted to fluorine chemistry. SOLVAY SPECIALTY POLYMERS ITALY is now the second world producer in fluoromaterials and employs about 1800 people in 5 countries: 1400 in Italy, 280 in the USA, 70 in France and 50 in the commercial offices in Brazil and Japan. The society owns 450 patents and in the last 5 years has produced at least 30 patents a year. In 2002 SOLVAY SPECIALTY POLYMERS ITALY S.p.A. has had sales for 361 M€.
    The operating unit working on the proposed project, belonging to the Fluoropolymer Group, operates within the R&D centre of SOLVAY SPECIALTY POLYMERS ITALY in Bollate (Milano). It represents the main R&D unit of the company, where themes of major relevance are developed, in particular those related to fluorine chemistry, (per)fluoropolymers and (per)fluorinated fluids. The R&D site extends over an area of about 20,000 sqm, has around 200 researchers, 40% of which with a university degree. The Fluoropolymer Group possesses as a primary resource specialists in polymer design, polymerization, polymer post-treatment and processing technologies. It consists of almost 60 people, 40% about of which are scientists, and runs directly development, characterisation and processing labs, able to sustain the development of products from their conception to their commercialisation and to supply customers with technical assistance on their marketed products. The Fluoropolymer Group interacts with other R&D functions, such as the Monomers and Intermediates Group, for the development of new monomers for innovative polymer materials. It interacts also with the Material Science and Analytical Group.
    It interacts with the Technology Group for the design and development of the processes and plants necessary for the scale-up of the products to the industrial scale. Finally, the Fluoropolymer Group relies on the Pilot Plants unit for the development and production of products at a scale which is intermediate between the laboratory and the industrial scale.

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  • ITM Power (Trading) Ltd - Sheffield, United Kingdom - ITM
  • ITM is a dynamic innovative company committed to clean sustainable energy solutions based around water electrolysis using Polymer-Electrolyte-Membrane technologies. ITM was established in 2002 and has undergone the transition from research to commercialisation for our first wave of electrolyser products, launched for sale in 2011. ITM has grown from 3 key staff in 2002 to 58 staff in 2011, with over 350 man years experience in the hydrogen field.

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  • TOZZI RENEWABLE ENERGY - Mezzano (RA), Italy - TRE
  • The Tozzi Group is active in the electrical plant and instrumentation system industries since the yearly ‘50s. The Group is controlled by Tozzi Holding, which is the Tozzi family holding company. The Group currently operates into the following two activities:
    - Electrical and instrumental installation: historical core business of the Group. Currently it is wholly managed by the sub-holding Tozzi Industries;
    - Renewable Energy: Tozzi Group is involved in this business from the early 2000 through the subholding Tre S.p.A. Tozzi Renewable Energies (herein after “TRE”).
    Tozzi Group has started its operation in the renewable energy industry at the end of „90s with the development and construction of mini hydro power plants. TRE S.p.A. is now active in the development, construction and operation of renewable power plants (hydroelectric, photovoltaic, wind energy and biomass). The company main activities are the following:
    - Research and Development: Manufacturing of Power Plants; Production of Electric Energy;
    - Sale of Electric Energy. The portfolio of Tre S.p.A. is composed of a large number of plants for about 650 MWe as follows:
    - Hydroelectric plants: in Italy and abroad for a power of 58 MW;
    - On shore wind farms: more than 333 MW in Italy;
    - Photovoltaic systems: over 155 MW of photovoltaic plants
    - Solid Biomass Plants: for a total capacity of 50 MW
    - Liquid Biomass Plants: for a total capacity of over 50 MW
    The Research and Development (R&D) of TRE has the aim of bridging the gap in the Tozzi Group manufacturing technologies for the production of electricity from renewable sources. The staff dedicated to R&D now consists of about 20 researchers who are dedicated to develop projects in the field of distributed generation of electricity from renewable sources.

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