The HyCan Project
The objective of the project is to develop new mini hydrogen storage units incorporating the advantages of a pressurised gas storage solution (large temperature range) and the advantages of a metal hydride storage solution (volumetric energy density) and to integrate them with an air-breathing fuel cell. The innovation combines the technology used for aerosol canisters with an integrated micro pressure regulator.
The main ambition of this project is to increase the energy density and the running time for current electrical energy sources by integrating a new and innovative hydrogen storage solution with a portable fuel cell. A 2 to 3 fold increase in weight and volume energy densities compared to batteries used today should be possible for equivalent production costs.
This 3 year project, starting in December 2009, should give a boost to the fuel cell market offering an innovative hydrogen storage solution that will be available in the very near future.
The HyCan Company aims to industrialise and commercialise the different innovative products that come from this R&D project as soon as they are available.
In a more and more competitive worldwide economy, in 2004 France launched a new industrial policy that brings attention to the key factors for economic competitiveness, one of the most important factors being the capacity for innovation. The HyCan Company fits into the framework of the competitiveness cluster policy.See the Tenerrdis site
The HyCan project, a partnership
HyCan is a research and development collaboration sponsored by Tenerrdis, a New Energy Technologies Competitiveness Cluster, is funded by FUI (Fond Unique Interministériel - French Government funding) and is co-financed by the Département of Isère and the town of Grenoble.
The project involves four enterprises from the Rhone-Alps region (1 large enterprise and 3 SME) as well as the National Laboratory Institute Néel (CNRS) Grenoble and the certified laboratory LEREM Laboratory MontataireSee page Partners