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The Gas Tank Testing Facility (GASTEF) is located at the Joint Research Centre of Petten (The Netherlands). It is dedicated to perform safety and performance evaluation of full-scale high pressure tanks used to store hydrogen (H2) or natural gas (CH4). GASTEF is designed to
- conduct "pneumatic cycling performance test" of the type approval regulations for hydrogen and natural gas vehicles (UN Regulation 134-ECE "GTR Nr- 13", EU Regulation 406/2010 and UN Regulation 110) and
- simulate a natural gas or hydrogen refuelling station in its main components (compressor, hydrogen cooler, dispenser, metering devices) and the interaction with high pressure on-board storage, which allows evaluating from a safety point of view the effect of different refuelling conditions on high pressure components.
Definition and conditions of access
Access to the research infrastructure is granted on the basis of Access Units.
For GASTEF, the Access Unit corresponds to ' Weeks', which correspond to the time necessary to the preparation and execution of a testing campaign to full-fill the objectives of the project. For example a typical H2-cycle test of 1000 cycles takes approx. 5 weeks plus leak tests. Permeation tests of at least 500 hours, will take a minimum of 4 weeks. Experimental campaigns on tanks refuelling might take from one to several weeks depending on the number of conditions to be tested.
- Estimated costs excluding consumables and expenses:
- Research infrastructure operated by JRC staff: 22275 € / Week*
- Research infrastructure operated by users: Not possible
Allocation of intellectual property rights:
Intellectual property rights are allocated according to Paragraph III of Annex 1: Intellectual Property Rights
- The Lead User Institution and User Institutions (see definitions in the Framework) must be from an EU Member State, or country associated to the EU Research Programme Horizon 2020 (Iceland, Norway, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey, Israel, Moldova, Switzerland, Faroe Islands, Ukraine, Tunisia, Georgia, Armenia).
- Ethical considerations in accordance with EU Law, in particular Art. 19 of Regulation (EU) 1291/2013, and applicable laws and regulations in the EU Member States.
- The proposal submission form is complete and complies with the instructions.
The proposal must be prepared using the Market-driven Proposal Submission Form.
During preparation of the proposal, applicants are encouraged to:
- Read the "Framework of Access to Joint Research Centre physical Research Infrastructures" and all related documents in the Framework for Access page.
- Contact the research infrastructure at JRC-ENERGY-STORAGE@ec.europa.eu to assess feasibility aspects related to the capacity of the research infrastructure.
The proposal should be submitted to JRC-RI-OPEN-ACCESS@ec.europa.eu.
The JRC will only evaluate proposals that are complete and comply with the instructions in the proposal submission form.
Proposal will be evaluated in accordance to the following selection criteria:
- Scientific implementation (40 points)
- Access to SMEs and new Users (25 points)
- Strategic relevance to the JRC (20 points)
- Strategic importance for Europe (15 points)