Production and Reliability Oriented SOFC Cell and Stack Design

PROSOFC
Project Information
Framework Programme: 
FP7
Call for proposals: 
2012
Application area: 
Stationary power production and CHP
Logo: 

This project aims at improving the robustness, manufacturability, efficiency and cost of Fuel Cell’s state-of-the-art SOFC stacks so as to reach market entry requirements. We propose a focused project addressing the key issues that have manifested themselves in the course of the ongoing product development efforts at Topsoe Fuel Cell A/S (TOFC).  The key issues are the mechanical robustness of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs), and the delicate interplay between cell properties, stack design, and operating conditions of the SOFC stack.

The novelty of the project lies in combining state of the art methodologies for cost-optimal reliability-based design (COPRD) with actual production optimization. To achieve the COPRD beyond state of the art multi-physical modelling concepts must be developed and validated for significantly improved understanding of the production and operation of SOFC stacks. The key to this understanding is validating experiments and models on multiple levels of the SOFC system and introduction of extensive test programs specified by the COPRD methodology.

Project details
Project reference: 
325278
Topic: 
SP1-JTI-FCH.2012.3.2 Improved cell and stack design and manufacturability for application specific requirements
Project type: 
Research and technological development
Contract type: 
Collaborative Project
Start date: 
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
End date: 
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Duration: 
36 months (originally), extended to 54 months
Project cost: 
€ 7,359,054.20
Project funding: 
€ 3,011,000
Coordinator: 

AVL LIST GMBH, Austria

Contact: 
Dr. Martin Hauth
Contact email: 
Other participating organisations: 
(TOPSOE FUEL CELL A/S) Denmark
DYNARDO AUSTRIA GMBH Austria
DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET Denmark
FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM JUELICH GMBH Germany
Karlsruher Institut fuer Technologie Germany
IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE United Kingdom
JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION Belgium
HTceramix Switzerland
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lauseanne (EPFL) Switzerland
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