PROJECT

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OBJECTIVES

The main objective of Avogadro project is the research into innovative technological solutions for new generations of H2 refuelling stations for heavy goods vehicles and trains, to help the Basque Country gain international recognition as a technological benchmark for the HRS of the future.

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To acquire knowledge of the behaviour of materials in contact with H2.

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To research into new technologies applicable to components: power electronics, Type I low pressure tanks, compressors, pre-coolers and Type IV cylinders, and testing at TRL4.

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To research into new fibre-optic based measurement and detection solutions related to safety and monitoring.

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To research into the process and the different configurations for both road and rail transport.

FIELD OF ACTIVITY

Delivering these objectives represents a great technological leap forward, which can only be achieved if all the partners of the AVOGADRO consortium combine synergies with the different players of the Basque Science, Technology and Innovation Network involved in the project. The Specific Objectives, classified into three core strands and aligned with the areas of industrial and technological development included in the AVOGADRO project, are outlined below.

Solid oxide electrolysers.
Components, systems and integration with renewable generation.
Thermochemical production, from solar energy and biological processes.
Production of synthetic fuels.

Increased durability and reliability of components and systems in operation.
Separation of hydrogen from mixtures.
Hydrogenation and dehydrogenation reactors.
Development of carriers and new liquefaction systems.

Optimisation, reliability and lightening of HRS components: compressors, tanks, piping, etc.
On-board systems integration.
Safety systems: monitoring and sensor systems.
Integration of the traction system in buses and coaches.
Traction with synthetic fuels and with on-board hydrogen production in trains and ships.
Aerial urban mobility.
Hydrogen combustion. Systems and components.
Cogeneration for industry and buildings.
Use as a feedstock in industry.

Ámbitos de Actividad Avogadro

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INGETEAM. Electrolyser power electronics. Development of a power electronics optimisation tool.

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LOINTEK. Materials research and design of low-pressure storage Type I.

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ABC COMPRESSORS. Hydrogen compressor.

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LOINTEK. Pre-cooler design.

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IBERDROLACAF. Dispensed hydrogen.

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CIKAUTXO. Type IV tanks on heavy vehicles.

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CAF. Heavy goods vehicles for type IV tanks. Refuelling protocol for future hydrogen trains. HRS sizing and simulation models for road and rail transport.
Detalle ámbitos de Actividad Avogadro

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TTT Group. Materials in H2. Research into materials and specific treatments for components in contact with H2 gas.

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LUMIKER. Critical Variables Monitoring System. H2 detection sensors. Fibre optic-based products for measurement and detection of H2.

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LOINTEK. Pre-Cooler.

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IBERDROLACAF. Dispensed hydrogen.

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CIKAUTXO. Type IV tanks.

Expected results

New products or existing products substantially improved as a result of the AVOGADRO project:

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Research into materials and specific treatments for components in contact with H2 gas.

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Type I low pressure tank, pre-cooler, compressor and Type IV tank design.
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Development of a power electronics optimisation tool.

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HRS sizing and simulation models for road and rail transport.
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Refuelling protocol for future hydrogen trains.
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H2 detection sensors.

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Fibre optic-based products for measurement and detection of H2.

In addition, five patents are expected to be obtained as a result of the project activities.

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Patent on a novel power electronics topology solution, fully adapted to green hydrogen generation application (INGETEAM)

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Patent for new coatings for FGB-based H2 Sensors (LUMIKER)

Patent for new photonics-based H2 BAST H2 Assets BoP and Monitoring System (LUMIKER)

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Patent for the development of a new heat exchanger configuration (LOINTEK)

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Protection of results with at least one international patent (CIKAUTXO) .

Activities

A0: Project coordination and management (Iberdrola, All)

A1: Specifications and requirements for Avogadro system. (Iberdrola, All)

A2: Components and Equipment (ABC, Iberdrola, Lointek, CAF TE, Lumiker, Cikautxo)

A3: Safety Solutions for Avogadro (Lumiker, All) (Lumiker, All)

A4: Avogadro HRS System (Iberdrola, All)

A5: Laboratory Research (Lointek, ABC, Iberdrola, Ingeteam, Lumiker, Cikautxo)

A6: Dissemination and exploitation of results (Iberdrola, Energy Cluster, All).

A project CONSORTIUM bringing together different players

The eight Basque companies will develop new refuelling systems that can be configured with new components, equipment and advanced sensor solutions. Members of the Basque Science and Technology Network will also contribute their knowledge and experience to the technology training of the companies.

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