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
Patents and Publications
Publications: 
Fabio Greco , Henrik Lund Frandsen , Arata Nakajo , Mads Find Madsen , Jan Van herle Journal of the European Ceramic Society Vol. 34/Issue 11 Modelling the impact of creep on the probability of failure of a solid oxide fuel cell stack
Kawai Kwok , Peter Stanley Jørgensen , Henrik Lund Frandsen Journal of the American Ceramic Society, Computation of Effective Steady-State Creep of Porous Ni-YSZ Composites with Reconstructed Microstructures
L.J. Vandeperre, X. Wang, A. Atkinson Journal of the European Ceramic Society Vol.36/Issue 8 Measurement of mechanical properties using slender cantilever beams
Xin Wang , Alan Atkinson Journal of the European Ceramic Society Vol. 35/Issue 13 On the measurement of ceramic fracture toughness using single edge notched beams
Tesfaye Tadesse Molla , Kawai Kwok , Henrik Lund Frandsen International Journal of Hydrogen Energy Vol. 41/Issue 15 Efficient modeling of metallic interconnects for thermo-mechanical simulation of SOFC stacks: Homogenized behaviors and effect of contact
G. Pećanac , J. Wei , J. Malzbender Journal of Power Sources Vol. 327 Fracture toughness of solid oxide fuel cell anode substrates determined by a double-torsion technique
J. Wei , G. Pećanac , J. Malzbender Ceramics International Vol. 41/Issue 10 Mechanical behavior of silver reinforced glass–ceramic sealants for solid oxide fuel cells
T. Osipova , J. Wei , G. Pećanac , J. Malzbender Ceramics International Vol. 42/Issue 11 Room and elevated temperature shear strength of sealants for solid oxide fuel cells
H.L. Frandsen , M. Makowska , F. Greco , C. Chatzichristodoulou , D.W. Ni , D.J. Curran , M. Strobl , L.T. Kuhn , P.V. Hendriksen Journal of Power Sources Vol. 323 Accelerated creep in solid oxide fuel cell anode supports during reduction
De-Wei Ni , Benoit Charlas , Kawai Kwok , Tesfaye Tadesse Molla , Peter Vang Hendriksen , Henrik Lund Frandsen Journal of Power Sources Vol. 311 Influence of temperature and atmosphere on the strength and elastic modulus of solid oxide fuel cell anode supports
Tesfaye Tadesse Molla , Kawai Kwok , Henrik Lund Frandsen Journal of Power Sources Vol. 351 Transient deformational properties of high temperature alloys used in solid oxide fuel cell stacks
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