Dettagli del progetto


Development of Guidance Manual for LCA application to Fuel cells and Hydrogen technologies


ENEA - Italia

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The project aims to develop a Guidance manual for LCA of FC and H2 based systems, training material and courses. The MANUAL will offer a step by step guidance, following the LCA Handbook procedure, together with specific examples, targeting LCA practitioners in industry and researcher. FC and H2 are technologies with a broad range of functions, applications and input processes thus we will adopt a flexible and modular approach, adapting the modularity of the ISO 14025. Proposed approach consists of 5 steps: - Definition of product category groups for FC and H2 to allow a broader comparability among the different technologies, guaranteeing high accuracy. - Development of common rules (PCR type documents) for product category, based on Consortium experience and on FC and H2 LCA studies. PCR will prescribe how to perform LCA study: life cycle stages, system boundaries, parameters to be covered, relevant impact categories, cut-off rules, allocation rules etc. Methodological issues will be defined on the basis of ILCD Handbook that identifies 4 decision contexts which require different Life Cycle Inventory modelling frameworks and LCI method approaches to be applied. Specific rules will also be defined to deal with the multifunctional processes (very relevant in the FC and H technologies) *Consensus process on PCRs. Relevant stakeholders, with particular attention to the intended target audience, will be invited in workshops and discussion forum *Development of the MANUAL, by the execution of full case studies to be used for illustrative purpose. It includes a step by step guided procedure on Goal and Scope definition, LCI, data collection and documentation for ILCD Data Network, Impact Assessment, Interpretation and Review, strictly adhering to the ILCD Handbook. *Development of training material and courses on PCRs and MANUAL. The approach allows technology developer producing information modules of its own product and making it available in the Data Network.

Attività svolta da ENEA:

L'ENEA contribuisce al progetto sia con attività di management, in qualità di coordinatore, che con attività di ricerca partecipando ai seguenti Work Package (WP): WP 1: project management WP 2: state of the art in H2, FC and related LCA, identification of critical steps WP 3: development of PCRs for identified device/products and aof Guidance book (manual) WP 4: promotion and dissemination of results. In particolare l'attività scientifica dell'ENEA comprenderà l'analisi dettagliata dello stato dell'arte nella produzione di celle a combustibile MCFC, SOFC, PEMFC e di H2, focalizzando l'attenzione principalmente sull'efficienza energetica e dei materiali, sui processi industriali, produzione di rifiuti/residui, livello di integrazione con altri processi e prodotti, market penetration ecc. e sullo stato dell'arte dell'LCA applicato a FC e H2. Con questa analisi e un'analisi dettagliata delle categorie di prodotto coinvolte nei processi di produzione, si arriverà a sviluppare le regole principali per l'LCA, ed infine a sviluppare un manuale user-friendly per le FC e relativi combustibili utilizzati. Infine è prevista la promozione e disseminazione dei risultati ottenuti.

Programma Quadro:

Settimo Programma Quadro R&ST (2007-2013)

Programma UE:

JTI - Hydrogen

Tipo di progetto:

CA-SA - Azione di coordinamento/azione di supporto