The SMAllinOne project introduces a “Smart All in One” fuel cell corresponding to a thin film protonic conductive membrane with two catalytically functionalized sides. The AllinOne membrane is a novel composite material adapted for fuel cell technologies as there is no boundary between the membrane and the electrodes. The innovative idea is to keep a same proton conductive backbone for each layer, and to functionalize it with embedded conductive catalyst particles for the electrodes.
The strategy is articulated around four main phases:
The basic materials for the membrane and the catalytic electrode will be developed separately using vacuum based nanomaterial science technologies.
Enhancement of the materials capabilities will be done through nano-particulates addition to produce a second generation of smart multi-functionalized membrane: SMAllinOne.
The selected components will be merged to generate a first composite material without interfaces: AllinOne membrane.
This second generation will be optimized and tested for further industrial implementation.
A European Small-Scale Project supported through the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development.