NICKEFFECT, a new project co-funded by the European Commission’s Horizon Europe programme, aims to develop novel ferromagnetic Ni-based coating materials to replace the scarce and costly Platinum and ensure high efficiency in key applications.
Running from June 2022 until June 2026, the NICKEFFECT project is led by a consortium that is a multidisciplinary team comprised of 12 partners from 7 different EU and HEU-associated countries (Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Spain, and the United Kingdom). It covers stakeholders of the whole project value chain: scientific and technology developers, technology providers, end-users, as well as transversal partners.
Synthesise ferromagnetic coating materials to replace Platinum as raw material;
Develop measures to ensure that the materials are affordable, durable and with increased corrosion resistance for the different working environments;
Successfully upscale production process in pilot plant to coat real scale components;
Ensure a safe and sustainable by-design approach and define pathways for the recovery, recyclability, purification and re-use of materials at the end of the products life;
Develop a decision support tool to facilitate the adoption of the safe and sustainable criteria when designing and producing metallic coatings free of PGMs;
"Reduce dependence on scarce materials"
As materials proposed as alternative to Pt are available on the EU market and present no major problems in terms of supply, NICKEFFECT will reduce dependence on scarce materials.
"Will boost green energy solutions"
Nickeffect will boost green energy solutions by developing low-cost catalyst materials. I expect that scalable production methods like electrodeposition and electroless can penetrate the market of water electrolysis and fuel cell technologies.
By investigating the replacement of Platinum Group Metals with lightweight porous Ni-based thin coatings, NICKEFFECT will bring a significant contribution to one of the major obstacles for large scale production of fuel cells and hydrogen generation reactors.
"Strongly affect the industry"
NICKEFFECT will strongly affect the industry by developing and validating at least 3 new materials, together with the coating methodologies (including process modelling) and decision support tools for materials selection (integrating safe and sustainable by design (SSbD) criteria and materials modelling).
"Real game changer towards faster innovation"
The combination of high-level experiments and computer simulations will be a key success factor of NICKEFFECT. This is a real game changer towards faster innovation, research and development of more sustainable materials and applications.
"Reduce cost stack and improve sustainability"
NICKEFFECT project will reduce cost stack and gain autonomy regarding the sources of critical materials such as Pt located mainly in Russia and South-Africa. Will also improve the sustainability by providing solution for the end of life before the product is placed on the market and by selecting materials according to a interoperable sustainability assessments.
"New PMG type of catalysts"
Advent mission is to advance the development and manufacturing of advanced materials, components, and next-generation fuel cell technology to unlock the hydrogen economy. In NICKEFFECT we expect to demonstrate new PMG type of catalysts for HT-PEM and electrolyzers of higher performance and stability.
"Generate a deep impact"
NICKEFFECT’s results will generate a deep impact, during and beyond the project execution. I expect novel coatings and models to allow inferring new insights which will constitute the basis for getting improvements in both the materials’ design and the process development.
"Very important for the industry"
This project is very important for the industry and UNE's work in the project will hep creating new standards from some results of NICKEFFECT that will ease the market uptake of these results and their impact beyond the duration of the project