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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 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 applications.

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 and 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.



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).