r d projects thumbTropical's Research & Development Department, for over 15 years have cooperated with at least 28 Universities, 18 research institutes and 27 research companies from all over the world for the development of the future “GREEN” products which are mainly focused on hydrogen technologies (Power, storage, supply and production), Automotive Solutions (electric + fuel cells vehicles) and renewable energy sources (solar & wind).

Tropical is already a strong partner in European FP7 research projects having participated on several projects with outstanding results. Our expertise on different engineering sectors and our fully equipped research center is the main reason for choosing Tropical as partner.

Since Horizon 2020 is up on the European Union and proposals are prepared for submission, Tropical is looking for a collaboration, being a partner on a consortium that will significantly increase its possibilities to be selected. We believe that our competencies and services can lead to a beneficial cooperation with you for your current and future projects.

If you believe that Tropical can be of a help to your proposal or you would like to set up a new proposal, please contact us for further discussionson how a fruitful cooperation can proceed successfully for both sides.

Development and Experimental Testing of an innovative fully hybrid electrical minibus with zero emissions (YBOMER)


Design, development, simulation and real field testing of a 400V/100Ah LiFePO4 battery pack including suitable standard charger 20A as well as appropriate Battery Management System (BMS) on a converted minibus (Ford Transit).

Participated partners:
- Tropical S.A.
- National Techical University of Athens (NTUA)
- Miltech Hellas S.A.
- Opus S.A.
- E.L.V.O S.A.


Robot Fleets for Highly Effective Crop in Mediterranean Agriculture (RHEA)


Development of 3 hybrid hydrogen fuel cell systems for a robot fleet for effective crop management. The hybrid power pack that was designed, manufactured and installed on each of the three robotic tractors was consituted from the following equipment:
- PEM Fuel Cell System
- Photovoltaic (Solar PV)
- Hydrogen Storage on Metal Hydride Tanks
- Batteries
- Tractor Alternator
- Smart Hybrid Microprocessor

Participated partners:
- CogVis GmbH
- Forschungszentrum Telekommunikation Wien Ltd.
- Cyberbotics Ltd
- Università di Pisa
- Universidad Complutense de Madrid
- Tropical S.A.
- Soluciones Agrícolas de Precisión S.L.
- AirRobot
- University of Florence
- Research Group Cemagref
- Case New Holland
- Bluebotics
- Gennaro Penillo


Hellenic network for the European Research Infrastructure “HiPER”


Setting up a network on multiple sectors around Greece, providing as well as gathering information for the HiPER infrastructure.

Participated partners:
- Tropical S.A.
- Technical University of Crete
- University of Crete
- Univeristy of Ioannina
- University of Athens
- Academy of Athens
- Democretus University of Thrace
- N.C.S.R. Demokritos
- Open University
- National Technical University of Athens
- University of Patras


Fluorine substituted High Capacity Hydrides for Hydrogen Storage at Low Working Temperatures (FlyHy)


The main objectives on this project were:
- To exploit findings on materials destabilisation and stabilisation resp. by halogen substitution for alane, borohydrides and Reactive Hydride Composites , in order to achieve a breakthrough in the thermodynamic properties of these materials exhibiting the highest hydrogen capacities known at present
- To obtain an in depth scientific understanding of the sorption properties of the substituted materials by extended structural and thermodynamical characterisation and modelling, for materials optimisation
- To determine tank relevant materials properties like e.g. densification behaviour and heat conductivity, and
- To do first tests in a prototype tank.

Participated partners:
- HZG (Germany)
- IFE (Norway)
- Aarhus University (Denmark)
- University of Torino (Italy)
- INIFTA (Argentina)
- Tropical S.A. (Greece)


Understanding Microscale Mechanisms in the Cathode Gas Diffusion Layer of Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells (PEMFC)(05ΝΟΝ-EU-512)


The main objectives on this project were:
- To study state of the art membrane electrode assemblies (i.e. catalyst and gas diffusion layers), which will be used as components in an operational PEM fuel cell.
- To numerically reconstruct the microstructure of the gas diffusion electrode using a methodology that allows to predict the main transport properties (i.e.conductivity, permeability, etc.) with a relative error of 15% or less.
- To calculate, through 3D computational fluid dynamics simulation, the flow field, temperature field and water vapor transport through the porous electrode, including the effects of the thermal conductivity of the electrode material.
- To determine the factors, operational or structural, most influential to correct operation by varying them at least ±30% from nominal operating conditions.
- To support the numerical effort through experimental measurements of the performance characteristics of a model PEM fuel cell, operating with the same electrode materials used in the simulations and under the same operating conditions.
- To translate the results into specific requirements regarding operating conditions and porous material microstructure.
- To support the results of the studies and to render them into marketable information with regard to specific PEM fuel cell applications.

Participated partners:
- Tropical S.A.
- Centre for Research & Technology Hellas (CERTH)
- University of Western Macedonia
- University of Notre Dame


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