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Unimore is scientific partner of MAMA-MEA European project for fuel cell innovation

MAMA-MEA is the curious acronym given to an important European research project started early this year and dedicated to fuel cells, a technology considered of key importance for the future of economic development, focused on environmental sustainability, and alternative to the use of traditional energy sources for energy production.

Unimore and LIFC – the Fuel Cell Interdepartmental Laboratory, coordinated by professor Marcello Romagnoli of the “Enzo Ferrari” Engineering Department (DIEF) are partners of MAMA-MEA, which stands for Mass Manufacture Membrane Electrode Assembly, a project funded with nearly 3.2 million euros, within Horizon 2020, through the European platform FCH-JU dedicated to the fuel cell technology development. The purpose of the project is to apply new and more efficient technologies to the production of the fuel cell beating heart: MEA, namely the layered membrane structure allowing for the generation of the electrochemical reaction required for energy production.

The Technische Universitaet of Chemnitz (Germany) is the coordinator of the three-year project, focused on improving the efficiency of producing and assembling the membranes, i.e. the nucleus of fuel cells. Partners in the project are Unimore and five European companies (The Netherlands, United Kingdom, Slovenia, Italy and Germany) operating in the fuel cell field, all merged into one consortium that combines university scientific skills with those of strictly more productive sectors.

The idea of the project, which has received extremely high scores, comes from Unimore and was then proposed to the other partners who have immediately and enthusiastically accepted it.” Explains professor Marcello Romagnoli. Instrumental was the opportunity to enrich the consortium with an important local company boasting a know-how that is essential for the achievement of the project objective: System Ceramics of Fiorano Modenese. This result proves not only the propositional ability and the credibility of the research activity on fuel cells carried out in our university, but also the importance of the synergy with the territory”.

The research team is also proud to include Ms. Maria Cannio of DIEF and professor Anna Maria Ferrari of DISMI - Department of Science and Methods of Engineering - with the latter in charge of carrying out an LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) study on the process. The grant received will also fund a research position and a one-year scholarship.

Professor Marcello Romagnoli added that “hydrogen fuel cells are the focus of the study being carried out by an interdisciplinary group that has been set up for some years in the University and gathers scholars and experts in extremely different fields, such as chemistry, physics and nanoparticles, engineering and economics. An open team constantly looking for the assistance of colleagues from all areas, even humanistic and medical ones. The subject actually offers various facets and implications that require several different skills, which are often not only of a technical and scientific nature. Fuel cells are gaining increasing interest thanks to their several fields of application, such as automotive, transports in general, generation of electric energy and heating for buildings, schools, hospitals, factories, etc. The automotive sector in particular offers interesting synergies with other important university initiatives.”

 

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