Croatia has been invited to join the AFC IA following the spring meeting. The generation of hydrogen from renewable resources and the development of a hydrogen infrastructure for transport are key themes in Croatian fuel cell research and development. A diverse range of fuel cell projects are underway encompassing:
- Improvement of the performance of electrolyser systems.
- A study on the integration of hydrogen into city transportation networks.
- The coupling of electrolysers with solar PV cells.
- A solar hydrogen refuelling station.
The Croatian national electricity company (HEP) is funding the development of a proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) powered bicycle. Together with Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Professor Hrvoje Jasak has been working on the Multi-Scale Integrated FC Model (MUSIC) to develop multi-scale software for the simulation of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC).
The Laboratory for New Energy Technologies at the University of Split is focused on the mechanical engineering aspects of PEMFC design and operation. More specifically, research is being conducted into the testing and characterising of PEMFC, as well as looking at their applications in vehicles, boats and as back-up power sources. The Končar Electrical Engineering Institute is operating a stationary facility for the cogeneration of electricity and heat using a NedStack PEMFC system and a HyGear natural gas reformer.