The 3-year project BRAVA will develop breakthrough subsystem technologies (incl. catalysts, membranes, cooling systems and heat exchangers and air supply) for an FC-based Power Generation System for aviation.
Uniresearch Role

Uniresearch supports the project coordinator, the General Assembly and Work Package Leaders Board with managerial, organisational and secretarial duties, administration and archiving work. Next to these activities of UNR in BRAVA, UNR is also assisting the project coordinator in the tasks on dissemination, communication, and exploitation.

Piter Miedema
Grant Consultant
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The Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) Fuel Cell (FC) technology emerging from the automotive industry is of high interest for the future aeronautic industry. However, while automotive FC systems are limited to about 100 kW, an aircraft requires a significantly greater amount of power (multi-MW). In addition, it must operate under different largely varying conditions, while being light-weight and keeping the system’s safety and reliability levels to aeronautical standards.

Towards these requirements, BRAVA will:

  • define a FC-based power generation system architecture and safety requirement, and
  • design, develop, test and validate breakthrough subsystem technologies (incl. catalysts membranes in a high-performance stack, two-phase cooling systems for FC stacks and form-flexible heat exchangers via additive manufacturing and air supply subsystem).
  • The final objective of the BRAVA project is to design a FC power generation system with high efficiency and high gravimetric power density compatible with aeronautical specifications and constraints based on the integration of the developed breakthrough technology based subsystems.
Facts & Figures
  • Start date: 1 December 2022
  • Duration: 36 months
  • Total budget: 19.9 M€
  • EC funding: 19.9 M€
  • EC contract number: 101101409

The project consortium consists of  14 partners from 5 EU countries.