Fuel cell technologies

  • Technology

    SmarTap has been developing a new technology for the next generation of thermostatic electronic faucets. This technology enables the user to monitor and control the water consumption in his property in real time. Shower systems based on this technology offer a unique shower experience combined with safety features and water and energy monitoring and saving capabilities. The systems supply water at the desired temperature and flow without wasting it: the shower will discharge water only at the desired temperature and flow.

  • Knowledge partner
    Country of registration
    South Korea
    Relation to CTCN
    Network Member
    Sector(s) of expertise
    Industry

    As a government-funded research institute under the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning of the Republic of Korea, the mission of Korea Institute of Materials and Science KIMS is to comprehensively facilitate R&D, test, evaluate and provide technical support in order to promote innova

  • Knowledge partner
    Country of registration
    South Africa
    Relation to CTCN
    Network Member
    Sector(s) of expertise
    Energy efficiency
    Water

    The Energy Research Centre is a research and academic type of institution established in 1989.

  • Sectors
    Objective

    Fuel cells are used to produce electricity. They are considered a promising technology to replace conventional combustion engines in vehicles. Fuel cells may also replace batteries in portable electronic equipment. The most widely used types of fuel cells for mobile devices are Proton Exchange Membrane fuel cells (PEM FC) which are often used in vehicles, and Direct Methanol fuel cells, used in portable applications. PEM fuel cells use hydrogen or certain alcohols such as methanol as fuel.

  • Objective

    Hybrid technology systems combine two or more technologies with the aim to achieve efficient systems. Possible combinations are: wind-solar photovoltaic (PV) hybrid systems, wind-diesel hybrid systems, fuel cell-gas turbine hybrid systems, wind-fuel cell hybrid systems, etc. (see the short descriptions below). Hybrid systems combine numerous electricity production and storage units to meet the energy demands of a given facility or community (Solar Energy Technologies Program, 2006).

  • Knowledge partner
    Knowledge partner
    Country of registration
    Sweden
    Relation to CTCN
    Network Member
    Knowledge Partner
    Sector(s) of expertise
    Energy efficiency
    Human health
    Water

    Solvatten provides combined portable water treatment and solar water heater system that has been designed for use at the household level in the developing world.

  • Publication date
    Cross-sectoral enabler

    The Hindu. By Sujatha Byravan

    In order to have a chance of limiting temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius, we need suitable technologies to make low-carbon transitions in development right away.

    Now that the Paris Conference of the Parties (COP) meet is long over, countries need to concentrate on global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, which need to peak soon and go to zero by mid-century if there is to be a chance of preventing average temperatures from rising more than 1.5 degrees Celsius above the level of pre-industrial times.