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Picohima

Fuel cells, Hydrogen Technology and reciprocating engines

What do we do?

We are a Research Group consolidated in the Technical University of Madrid (UPM). Mainly, our activity is centered on the research and testing of membrane fuel cell components, design and development of stacks, of both membrane fuel cells and alkaline electrolysis for hydrogen production; and the preparation of feasibility studies for the integration of fuel cell systems in aerial and marine crafts.

Research

We improve the characteristics of future generations of fuel cells:

  • We reduce weight and volume of the fuel cell stack by using new materials.
  • We reduce the catalyst load without compromising the remaining characteristics using new deposition methods.

We favor the introduction of hydrogen as an air and marine fuel:

  • We test poly fuel mixtures in reciprocating engines.

We explore new ways of transporting large amounts of renewable energy over long distances, by transforming it into hydrogen.

Development and innovation

We favor the penetration of fuel cells and hydrogen technologies in the marine environment:

  • We develop compact systems for capturing and storing CO2 in confined spaces.
  • We develop integral marine water electrolysis systems for the sustainable production of hydrogen from renewable energies.

We reduce the emission of noise and greenhouse gases in marine vehicles through the implementation of fuel cell systems.

Our media

In Picohima we have all the necessary means to conduct our work in our laboratories, which have different locations: in the Faculty of Naval architecture and Marine Engineering (ETSIN) and in the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering (ETSIAE). In addition, we have access to many other dependencies and facilities in the UPM and the Electrochemistry Laboratory of the Faculty of Chemical Sciences of the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM).

Laboratories

  • Fuel Cell Laboratory at the ETSIN (UPM).
  • Fuel Cell Laboratory at ETSIAE (UPM).
  • Access to the Electrochemistry Laboratory of the Faculty of Chemical Sciences of the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) **.
  • Access to the mechanical workshop of the ETSIAE Alternative Motor Laboratory (UPM) **.

Equipment

  • Fuel cell monocells for the test of MEAs *.
  • Two direct alcohol fuel cell test benches *: One of them capable of simulating environmental conditions.
  • Equipment for manufacturing parts and preparing samples: Lathes, CNC milling machines, thermostated presses, 3D printers and other tools.
  • Equipment for manufacturing and preparing electrodes by electrodeposit, chemical deposit, electronic evaporation ** and sputtering **.
  • Equipment for characterizing electrodes, MEAs and stacks: Frequency response analyzers, potentiostat-electroplating, ultra-microbalances and optical microscopes.

Software

In addition to having the complete Office package, we have commercial and open source software:

  • Design and / or simulation: Rhinoceros, AutoCAD, SolidWorks, CATIA, ANSYS.
  • Naval Architecture: MAXSURF, MARS.
  • CFD: OpenFOAM.
  • Engineering: MATLAB, SIMULINK.
  • Thermodynamics: REFPROP.
  • Fuel cells: Aero-Marine DMFC Designer (2018) *, MedPeM (2011) *.

    * Designed and manufactured by Picohima

    ** Access to other facilities of the UPM/UCM

    Our services

    From PICOHIMA we can perform all kinds of consulting services, although we want to highlight R&D&i, engineering and training. You can contact us for more information without any commitment.

    R&D&i

    We are backed by all our scientific publications in the best indexed journals and communications in prestigious International Congresses.

    Engineering

    We are supported by the ship retrofitting studies we have conducted, and the design and manufacturing of our test benches.

    Training

    We are backed by all our years of experience as university lecturers.

    About us

    The PICOHIMA Group is a multidisciplinary team that incorporates researchers from the Technical University of Madrid (UPM), and the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM). These researchers have jointly carried out various research projects on low temperature fuel cells. The Group’s activities focus on the field of fuel cells and could be included in three main lines: research and testing of fuel cell components, design and development of stacks and the preparation feasibility studies.

    Our team

    Miguel A. Raso García

    Miguel A. Raso García

    UNIVERSIDAD COMPLUTENSE DE MADRID

    P.h.D. in Chemistry (UCM)

    Associate Professor

    Tel.: +34 91 394 42 80

    marg@quim.ucm.es

    Teresa J Leo Mena.

    Teresa J Leo Mena.

    Coordinator

    UNIVERSIDAD POLITÉCNICA DE MADRID

    P.h.D. in Chemistry (UCM)

    Full Professor

    Tel.: +34 91 067 62 67

    teresa.leo.mena@upm.es

    Emilio Navarro

    Emilio Navarro

    UNIVERSIDAD POLITÉCNICA DE MADRID

    P.h.D. in Aerospace Engineering (UPM)

    Associate Professor

    Tel.: +34 91 067 57 91

    emilio.navarro@upm.es

    Eleuterio Mora Peña

    Eleuterio Mora Peña

    UNIVERSIDAD POLITÉCNICA DE MADRID

    P.h.D. in Chemistry (UCM)

    Associate Professor- Ad honorem

    Tel.: +34 91 067 62 69

    eleuterio.mora@upm.es

    Antonio Villalba Herreros

    Antonio Villalba Herreros

    UNIVERSIDAD POLITÉCNICA DE MADRID

    Naval Architect

    Teaching Assistant

    Tel.: +34 91 067 62 70

    antonio.villalba@upm.es

    Óscar Santiago Carretero

    Óscar Santiago Carretero

    UNIVERSIDAD POLITÉCNICA DE MADRID

    Aerospace Engineer (UPM)

    Predoctoral Researcher

    Tel.: +34 91 067 58 17

    oscar.santiago.carretero@upm.es

    Rafael d’Amore Domenech

    Rafael d’Amore Domenech

    UNIVERSIDAD POLITÉCNICA DE MADRID

    B.Eng. Naval Architecture & M.Eng. Marine and Offshore Engineering (UPM)

    Teaching Assistant

    Tel.: +34 91 067 62 70

    r.damore@upm.es

    Our contributors

    Isabel Carrillo Ramiro

    Isabel Carrillo Ramiro

    UNIVERSIDAD POLITÉCNICA DE MADRID 

    P.h.D. in Chemistry (UCM)

    Full Professor

    Tel.: +34 91 067 74 11

    isabel.carrillo@upm.es

    Fernando Acción Salas

    Fernando Acción Salas

    UNIVERSIDAD COMPLUTENSE DE MADRID

    P.h.D. in Chemistry (UCM)

    Associate Professor
    Tel.: +34 91 394 42 73

    faccion@ucm.es

    José L. Morán González

    José L. Morán González

    UNIVERSIDAD POLITÉCNICA DE MADRID

    P.h.D. Naval Architecture (UPM)

    Adjunct Professor

    Tel.: +34 91 067 62 69

    joseluis.moran@upm.es

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    Predoctoral stays

    Doing a predoctoral stay in Madrid with Picohima, not only means counting with the best support to progress with your research but also you will enjoy the best environment to live the greatest experiences: gastronomy, culture, sport, shows … Besides, from Madrid, the connection with the main Spanish destinations is fantastic, which would allow you to visit them comfortably during the weekends.

    Location

    We are located in the Moncloa Campus, Campus of International Excellence. It is found in the district of Ciudad Universitaria of Madrid, and has direct connection to the Metro, urban buses (EMT) and intercity buses of the Northwest area of the Madrid province.

    Life in Madrid

    The rent of a room in a shared flat in Madrid can range between € 250 and € 550 per month, the monthly transport ticket costs € 20 or € 54.60 for those under or above 26 years of age, respectively, and the cafeteria menu with main course, second course and dessert costs € 5.

    Workplace

    Depending on the characteristics of your stay, you will have access to our equipment and laboratories, in addition to a workplace where you can comfortably perform your work, with a large desk and connection to the Eduroam Wifi network.

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    +34 91 067 62 67

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