The HYPER project reached a successful conclusion at the beginning of September 2015.
The HYPER project (2012-2015) was funded by the 2011 FCH JU call within the Early Markets topic ‘Research, development and demonstration of new portable Fuel Cell systems’. The project’s main aims were to develop and demonstrate a market ready, portable power pack comprising an integrated and cost effective modular fuel cell and hydrogen storage system, readily customised for application across multiple low power markets.
Early (alpha) 100 We prototypes of the ‘HYPER System’ have been developed and demonstrated in two specific applications: as a power pack for remote applications (specifically for the emergency services) and as a field battery charger. The system consists of:
The next (beta) prototype design is underway. This will incorporate a number of technical improvements around thermal management and system efficiency, as well as safety features required for CE marking, and a bespoke housing designed for cost effective manufacture (with proportionate cost reduction at power outputs <100 We).
The other principal aim of the project was development of advanced solid state H2 storage. Significant contribution has been made to the scientific understanding of potential solid state storage materials. A great many materials were synthesised and tested during the project, providing insights into the behaviour of nanostructured hydrides (and resulting in three peer-reviewed publications) and culminating in development of an innovative advanced storage material (nanostructured ammonia borane confined within a carbon matrix). With a gravimetric capacity >>6 wt%, and no unwanted by-products detected (mass spectrometry sensitivity of 100 ppb), this offers a potentially step-changing improvement over competing technologies.
Alongside the technical work stream, development of the HYPER Commercialisation Strategy has confirmed strong evidence of market demand for the HYPER System, in particular for emerging low power, long run-time applications (such as remote monitoring) that are not currently served by other fuel cell, battery, solar power or hybrid solutions. The next steps required to progress towards commercialisation, including identification of appropriate partners have also been defined. Talks with a number of third parties interested in demonstrating the beta prototype are underway.