RDPE5

Hydrogen Economy and Engineering: The Future Energy Alternative.

For hydrogen to be introduced as an energy vector in the medium-term future, and for it to be a real alternative to fossil fuels in certain sectors, mainly in the transport sector, “the European Union is devoting considerable resources in R&D+i, starting with the launch of the corresponding technology platforms in order to unify the voices of corporations, research centres, universities, social agencies and public administration. For Spain to contribute significantly to the international effort, it is necessary to define a strategy of clear national R&D to develop the potential of hydrogen technologies in the coming decades and to place Spain in a privileged position that it has not had in the case of other renewable sources of great potential in our country. In this regard, the National Centre for Experimentation in Hydrogen Technologies and Fuel Cells (CNH2) was the first important step that the national government has made in collaboration with the JCCM. The centre, with which the UCLM maintains a close relationship and which is currently under construction, will try to join forces to become a European reference facility. UCLM has bid for several years on developing quality R&D in the field of hydrogen and fuel cell engineering and, though still in isolation, it has several research groups that are already a national reference national. In this respect, it is worth noting the Albacete Renewable Energy Institute, in which researchers and singular equipment are available for designing and characterising state-of-the-art fuel cells. Also, the Ciudad Real Faculty of Chemical Sciences, which develops R&D+i associated with the production of hydrogen from renewable sources and fuel cells, and the ETSI Industriales de Ciudad Real, in which work is done in areas related to the adaptation of thermal systems (engines and turbines) for this fuel to increase its participation in the transport sector.

Following are the 4 proposed actions:

  • ITQUIMA: MEMBRANE CHARACTERIZATION UNIT AND CATALYTIC INK DEPOSITION FOR USE IN FUEL CELLS. Principal Researcher. Pablo Cañizares Cañizares.
  • IER: MATERIAL MICROENGINEERING FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF A NEW GENERATION OF ELECTRODES SOFCs. Principal Researcher: Jesus Canales Vázquez..
  • ITQUIMA: HYDROGEN PRODUCTION VIA AUTOTHERMAL REFORMING OF ALCOHOLIC FLOWS. Principal Researcher: José Luis Valverde Palomino.
  • E.T.S.I.I. HYDROGEN APPLICATION IN THE TRANSPORT SECTOR: COMBUSTION PROCESS ANALYSIS IN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINES. Principal Researcher: Juan José Hernández Adrover.