Successful application of the LTE lab's team to the Horizon 2020 program

date: 30.12.2020

category: Sporočila za javnost

 

The successful application of the team of the Laboratory for Heat and Power LTE to the call for proposals in the Horizon 2020 program in March this year brought the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Ljubljana participation in the consortium of the project eGHOST (Establishing Eco -design Guidelines for Hydrogen Systems and Technologies). The consortium consists of six partners, from Spain, France, Japan and Slovenia. The three-year project, which will start on 1 January 2021, has a budget of nearly one million euros. It will deal with the ecological (re)design of mature technologies (PEMFC - Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells) and technologies in the development phase of TRL5 (SOE - electrolyser with a ceramic membrane). The main part of the project will therefore focus on eco-design and include the remaining two pillars of sustainable development - social and economic. The results of the project will be the first milestone for the development of criteria and guidelines for the eco-design of technologies in the European hydrogen sector.

The team from the Laboratory for Heat and Power at the Department of Power Engineering will lead the working group WP4 under the direction of doc. dr. Mitja Mori, in which they will develop and evaluate the most suitable strategies for the eco-design of hydrogen technologies together with industrial partners. They will use the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology, product design strategies and knowledge of the limitations, environmental impacts and potential for recycling of critical materials. According to the project leader in Slovenia, doc. dr. Mitja Mori, the Project is "the result of many years of cooperation in various European consortia (FP7, H2020, LIFE) and domestic projects (SPEV, Synod, HyMIV), which were mainly focused on hydrogen technologies. In parallel, we have built an internationally recognized knowledge base from the methodology of environmental impact assessment - LCA and its importance for the ecological design of technologies and products.”

The European Commission supports eco-design as a key factor for achieving European Union's 2050 circular economy targets and other commitments as set out in various documents (EU Green Deal, New EU Industrial Strategy, EU Circular Economy Action Plan, etc.). eGHOST will help to place hydrogen technologies in this context by developing the first study on hydrogen technologies using the principles of the European Ecodesign Directive.

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Information on the Project

  • Project value: EUR 998,991.25
  • Start date: 1 January 2021
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Involvement of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering: LCA, eco-design, critical materials
  • Partners: Fundacion IMDEA Energia (SPA), Commissariat a l energie atomique et aux energies alternatives (FRA), University of Ljubljana - Faculty of Mechanical Engineering (SLO), The Institute of Applied Energy (JPN), Fundacion para el desarrollo de las nuevas tecnologias del hidrogeno en Aragon (SPA), SYMBIO (FRA)

 

 

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