Best4Hy is the second successfully registered LTE laboratory project in Horizon 2020

date: 11.01.2021

category: Sporočila za javnost


The second 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 is also related to hydrogen technologies. The Best4Hy project (SustainaBlE SoluTions FOR recycling of end of life Hydrogen technologies) is in a way a continuation of the HyTechCycling project (New technologies and strategies for fuel cell and Hydrogen Technologies in the phase of reCycling and dismantling,, which ended in April 2019 and in which LTE was also involved as an important partner.

Best4Hy is a 3-year project in which eight partners from Italy (coordinator), France, Slovenia, Germany and Estonia try to develop, refine and evaluate recycling processes for critical materials, rare earths and cobalt and nickel as two important materials in hydrogen production. The project, which is closely linked to the recycling industry and the manufacturers of hydrogen technologies, will provide many answers to the question whether the use of recycled materials in the most important parts of hydrogen technologies is appropriate. Of course, in addition to technical suitability, the material must meet environmental standards, which are usually the advantage of integrating hydrogen technologies into energy systems.

The technologies discussed are PEMFC - Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell and SOFC - Solid Oxide Fuel Cell. The recycling processes used at the end of the life cycle are evaluated from the point of view of technological, environmental and economic efficiency, both for the case of the classical open-loop recycling approach and for the case of the circular economy, where the material is recycled back into the basic product. The recycled materials will be assessed and verified for their quality and technological suitability for reuse in PEMFC and SOFC technologies. The project will provide a concrete answer about the potential of circular economy for certain materials (material circularity) in the production of nuclear hydrogen technologies.

The team from the Laboratory for Heat and Power at the Department Power Engineering will lead the working group WP5 under the direction of doc. dr. Mitja Mori, in which they will collaborate with the industrial partners to develop and evaluate the most appropriate strategies using the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology and the Life Cycle Cost methodology, they will obtain and define appropriate inventories over the whole life cycle of the technologies and evaluate all defined strategies. The main objective of this work package is to evaluate the environmental impacts and net costs of all defined strategies at the end of the life cycle of the considered hydrogen technologies and to select the most appropriate strategy. One of the final objectives is to define guidelines for the environmental labelling (Eco labelling) of hydrogen technologies.

According to the project leader in Slovenia, doc. dr. Mitja Mori: "the project is very clearly outlined and will try to give concrete answers as to whether critical materials such as platinum are generally useful (and to what extent) in the production of nuclear hydrogen technologies, where the quality of materials is crucial. The Best4Hy project is closely linked to the critical materials recycling industry and hydrogen technology manufacturers and will therefore provide new opportunities for the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering.”

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Best4Hy project information

  • Project value:  EUR 1.586 mio
  • Starting date: 1 January 2021
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Involvement of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering: LCA (life cycle assessment), LCC (life cost assessmet), energy balance of EoL (end-of-life) processes, critical materials
  • Partners: Parco scientifico tecnologico per lambiente environment park Torino (ITA, coordinator), Commissariat a l energie atomique et aux energies alternatives (FRA), Politecnico di Torino (ITA), Hensel Recycling GmbH (NEM), Elringklinger AG (GER), Aktsiaselts Elcogen (EST), RINA consulting (ITA), University of Ljubljana Faculty of Mechanical Engineering (SLO)



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