The project ALPE will develop new “Fuel Cells”, i.e., advanced energy conversion devices that are at the cornerstone of the “hydrogen economy”. Fuel cells are fed with hydrogen and produce electrical energy very efficiently and without pollution. Today “Fuel Cells” are not widespread and are very expensive. Indeed, they include a large amount of platinum, that is precious and scarce. ALPE will halve the amount of Pt used in a “Fuel Cell”. Thus, the “Fuel Cell” devised in ALPE will be more affordable and will be suitable both for automotive and stationary applications.
ALPE covers the fuel cell value chain, starting from the synthesis of innovative electrocatalysts. The latter are integrated into membrane-electrode assemblies (MEAs) that are introduced in a full-fledged fuel cell stack.
ALPE is part of the massive efforts taking place worldwide aimed at decarbonizing the energy sector in a sustainable way. ALPE strives to minimize the use of critical raw materials such as platinum, that are scarce and only found outside the EU.