•  Project Overview
  • A reduction in the platinum content of fuel cell stacks is needed for the large-scale commercialisation of fuel cell electric vehicles. The industry targets call for a platinum content per vehicle of ca.10 g for a fuel cell stack providing ca. 95 kW. To achieve these ambitious goals requires either novel platinum based cathode catalysts with a significantly higher mass activity compared with conventional high surface area carbon supported nano-particulate catalysts, or the development of non-platinum group metal catalysts capable of providing both high mass activity and the requisite durability.
    The CATAPULT project proposes to develop new concepts for automotive PEM fuel cell catalysts based on novel structures wherein platinum is deposited as an extremely thin layer on corrosion resistant supports of various non-usual morphologies. In parallel, non-platinum group catalysts are being developed via the synthesis of tailored precursors.
    The CATAPULT partnership has been assembled to ensure close cooperation between industrial and institute partners, know-how, experience, research leadership, complementarity and industrial relevance.
  •  Project Details
  • Start date: 01 June 2013 Duration: 36 months
    Cost: € 4.68 million FCH-JU funding: € 2.25 million
    Contract type: Collaborative Project FCH-JU grant n°: 325268