VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is a government organisation established by law and operating
under the auspices of the Finnish Ministry of Employment and the Economy. Through its international
scientific and technology networks, VTT can produce information, upgrade technology knowledge, and
create business intelligence and value added for its stakeholders. VTT Group consists of VTT research and
development, business solutions, strategic research, IP business and group services. Additionally VTT
manages three state-owned companies: VTT Expert Services Ltd, VTT International Ltd and VTT Ventures
Ltd. VTT’s key technology fields include: Applied materials, bio- and chemical processes, energy, ICT
industrial systems, microtechnologies and electronics, services and the built environment, and business and
innovation research. VTT Group is the largest public applied research activity in Finland with a staff of 3200
and a turnover of 307 M€ (2011). In the past 20 years, VTT has participated in more than 1000 European
R&D Framework Programme projects. VTT is a member of the FCH-JU Research Grouping and actively
participates in several FCH-JU projects.
POWERCELL SWEDEN AB
Powercell Sweden AB was formed to commercialise the fuel cell technology which had been developed
within the Volvo group over the past 20 years. In 2009 Powercell became an independent company with a
strong new ownership structure still with Volvo as the principal owner. Powercell’s long term mission is to
develop and commercialize complete environmentally friendly fuel cell based electric power generators for
the truck, automotive, recreational vehicle and marine segments.
Today PowerCell employs approximately 25 people. The company has a stack manufacturing plant as well
as state-of-the-art fuel cell R&D laboratories in Gothenburg. The first commercially available fuel cell stack
platform has been available since end of 2011.
GENPORT srl is a spin-off of the Politecnico di Milano founded in 2009
with headquarters in Italy at the Vimercate Technology Park (Italy) and having
its US subsidiary at the Purdue Research Park in West Lafayette (IN).
GENPORT is a developer and manufacturer of advanced, extreme power sources to
generate and storage electric energy any time and everywhere in medical,
defense, emergency, telecommunication, industrial, leisure, agriculture
We combine Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell, Ion Lithium Cells, solid Hydrogen
with our owned energy control engine to power any off-grid equipment, with
superior reliability, longer life, modular design and reducing to zero both
noise and emissions.
GENPORT research team has long-term experience in the Batteries, Fuel Cell
technologies and Power and Control Electronic. A strong international scientific
activity is resulted in more than 100 scientific publications and 10 patents; 18
years in international research programs focused on breakthrough technologies
and methodologies for improving durability, performance and future mass
production of fuel cells and battery systems bring Genport be an outstanding
designer and manufacturer of small power sources.
The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft promotes and undertakes applied research in an international context, of direct
utility to private and public enterprise and of wide benefit to
society as a whole. By developing technological innovations and
novel systems solutions for their customers, the Fraunhofer
Institutes help to reinforce the competitive strength of the economy
in their region, throughout Germany and in Europe. Their research
activities are aimed at promoting the economic development of our
industrial society, with particular regard for social welfare and
environmental compatibility. The Fraunhofer ICT-IMM is part of the
Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft with currently 67 institutes. Our scientists
carry out research and development within the key competences
Continuous Chemical Engineering, Medical Probes and Technical
Sensors, Microfluidic Analysis Systems, Nanoparticle Technologies
Decentralized and Mobile Energy Technology a division which covers the entire
technology chain with expertise in the areas of catalyst development
and stability testing, process simulation, system design and
control, development of cheaper fabrication techniques, reactor
construction and complete system integration and testing. Besides
the development of single components and complete fuel processing
systems for conventional and regenerative fuels, other business
interests lie in the fields of liquid hydrogen technology, exhaust
gas treatment systems and biofuel syntheses.
The knowledge we gain and the developments which evolve from these fields
are applied in the business areas Energy and Environment; Chemistry,
Process Technology, Aviation and Aerospace; Biomedical Analytics and
Diagnostics, Security as well as Industrial Analytics Applications.
We build a bridge between basic research and application, because
our developments pass through the institute beginning from the idea
to the basic and application-oriented research to the point of their
realization into custom built and close-to-market results. We are
not just developing our applications for and with industry but we
are also interested in further developing them in a project-oriented
manner. We work together with industrial enterprises as well as with
research institutions and universities to answer future questions in
projects which are co-financed by the national government, the
federal states and the European Union.
UNIVERSIDADE DO PORTO
University of Porto is a public institution of higher education with statuary,
scientific and financial autonomy. The high R&D quality developed at UPorto is
the result of the excellence of its various research units and its strong
international partnerships (245 R&D projects). UPorto has more than 7300
students and 540 teachers. At UPorto, the project will be developed by LEPABE
(Laboratory for Process Engineering, Environment, Biotechnology and Energy).
This laboratory was born in 1998 and belongs to the national network of research
labs. An international panel periodically evaluates LEPABE and the evaluations
have been “Excellent” since its start. Since the beginning LEPABE is being
working in PSA science and technology, especially concerning oxygen and nitrogen
production from air but also in upgrading biogas and purifying xenon as
anesthetic gas. LEPABE has a great experience in PEMFC and on steam reforming
having filled recently a patent disclosing a new catalyst for methanol steam
reforming (Mendes, 2012).