ASsessment of SOFC CHP systems build on the TEchnology of htceRamIX 3

Project Information
Framework Programme: 
Call for proposals: 
Application area: 
Stationary power production and CHP

The Asterix project consortium was initiated as a privately financed initiative in 2005 between EIFER/EDF, Dantherm, Danfoss and HTceramix. The objective of the collaboration was to evaluate HTceramix’s SOFC technology in perspective of development of a residential micro-CHP application with a strong and well defined market focus.

The project has achieved its goals in providing a serious evaluation of the feasibility of fuel cell based micro CHP. The viability of the technology has been validated and a proof of concept, for most aspects of the system, has been developed and tested. The CHP market segment we are targeting, as well as the next steps towards a full Proof of Concept system has been clearly defined:

The main objectives of this project are:

•           Improving lifetime, reliability and robustness of the overall system

•           Improve component quality

•           Increase robustness and tolerance to thermal cycling

•           Develop and integrate fully automated control of the system

•           Reduce cost and volume of the system

•           Increase thermal and electrical efficiency

Achieving these objectives will enable us to demonstrate a residential CHP concept fulfilling market requirements, and we can start working on the next step towards commercialization; validation of  fuel cell system readiness, field trials and preparation for scale production.

The Asterix consortium cover the entire value chain from R&D over stack core technology (HTceramics), systems integration (Dantherm) and heat management (Danfoss division now integrated in Dantherm Power ) to market access (via Eifer). Each partner brings a high level of expertise and specific competencies to the project.

Project details
Project reference: 
SP1-JTI-FCH.2009.3.5: Proof-of-concept fuel cell systems
Contract type: 
Collaborative Project
Start date: 
Saturday, January 1, 2011
End date: 
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
24 months (originally), extended to 48 month
Project cost: 
€ 3,096,890
Project funding: 
€ 1,361,894

Dantherm Power A/S, Denmark

Per Baslev
Other participating organisations: 
European Institute for Energy Research (EIFER)  Germany
HT Ceramics SA Italy
Patents and Publications
EP12171563, HTceramix S.A., "Gas distribution element for a fuel cell"
EP12171565, HTceramix S.A., "Gas distribution element with a supporting layer"
EP12171566, HTceramix S.A., "A gas flow dividing element"
A. Frazzica, N. Briguglio, A. Sapienza, A. Freni, M. Ferraro, V. Antonucci, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 12/07/2015, ?, "Antonucci “Definition and simulation of building heating systems exploiting the heat rejected by a small scale SOFC”"