Project duration: 1 January 2020 – 31 December 2022


The project ALPE will yield a “Fuel Cell”, i.e., an electrochemical device fed with hydrogen and producing electrical energy very efficiently and without pollution. Today “Fuel Cells” are not widespread and are very expensive. Indeed, they include a large amount of platinum, that is precious and scarce. ALPE will halve the amount of Pt used in a “Fuel Cell”. Thus, the “Fuel Cell” devised in ALPE will be more affordable and will be durable and powerful enough to power a small forklift.

The solution (technology)

The project ALPE aims at developing and commercializing a proton-exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) power plant yielding 5 kW, durability of 5000 hours, and including 0.5 g of Pt instead of 1 g or more. This is achieved with radically new hierarchical nanostructured electrocatalysts (ECs) promoting the electrochemical processes of the PEMFC. ALPE covers the value chain from the ECs to the assembly and validation of the PEMFC power plant.


  • Università degli Studi di Padova (University of Padova), Italy (Lead partner)
  • BRETON S.p.A., Italy
  • Centro Ricerche Fiat S.C.p.A. (CRF – C.R.F.), Italy
  • Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives, CEA (French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission), France
  • Institut polytechnique de Grenoble (Grenoble Institute of Technology, INP), France
  • SYMBIO, France
  • Université de Lorraine (UL), France
  • University of Warsaw, Poland