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Low Temperature Solid Oxide Fuel Cells for micro-CHP applications

Objective

Since the requirements of micro-CHP systems in the European Union are becoming clearer, the technologies to reach these goals are emerging steadily. The high intrinsic electrical efficiency and the capability to be directly connected to existing heating circuits, make solid oxide fuel cells a preferred choice for this application. This proposal describes the project to build a prototype of a new generation SOFC system based on novel materials, which can run at significantly lower temperatures than today. The lower temperatures provide the opportunity to use less expensive materials and still increase the reliability of the components and thus of the whole system. State-of-the-art SOFC systems operate at much higher temperatures, which causes severe issues on degradation and limited lifetime of the materials. The novel materials will eliminate those problems and will also give a higher stability against reduction-oxidation cycles of the electrodes, bringing the technology a step further towards commercialisation.

The objective of the LOTUS project is to build and test a Low Temperature SOFC system prototype based on new SOFC technology combined with low cost, mass-produced, proven components. The use of a modular concept and design practices from the heating appliances industry will reduce maintenance and repair downtime and costs of the system.

The consortium gathered to work in this project is a combination of partners who have experience in:

1. Defining the market requirements
2. Translating these requirements into technical specifications and models
3. Design and build a prototype system
4. Test and validate the system
5. Bringing the technology to market

This covers the whole value chain of the system under discussion.

The final result is a working prototype of the system, which shows that it is able to run in a laboratory environment mimicking real-life use, and is robust enough to be ready for the next phase of field trials

Call for proposal

FCH-JU-2009-1
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Coordinator

HyGear Fuel Cell Systems B.V.
Address
Westervoortsedijk 73
6802 EG Arnhem
Netherlands
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 711 696
Administrative Contact
Ellart De Wit (Dr.)

Participants (6)

DOMEL, ELEKTROMOTORJI IN GOSPODINJSKI APARATI, D. D.

Participation ended

Slovenia
Address
Otoki 21
4228 Zelezniki
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Tina Ogrizek (Ms.)
SOLIDPOWER SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 459 762,50
Address
Viale Trento 115/117
38017 Mezzolombardo Tn
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Massimo Bertoldi (Dr.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 186 824
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Christoph Schulte
DOMEL ELEKTROMOTORJI IN GOSPODINJSKI APARATI D.O.O.
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 158 183,50
Address
Otoki 21
4228 Zelezniki
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Tina Ogrizek (Ms.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PERUGIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 116 135
Address
Piazza Dell Universita 1
06123 Perugia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Desideri Umberto (Prof.)
JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Belgium
Address
Rue De La Loi 200
1049 Brussels
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Josephina Pijls (Ms.)