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Working towards Mass Manufactured, Low Cost and Robust SOFC stacks

Objective

Lightweight SOFC stacks are currently being developed for stationary applications such as residential CHP units, for automotive applications such as APU and for portable devices. They supply electrical efficiencies of up to 60%, a high fuel flexibility, being able to operate on syn-gas from Diesel reforming as well as LPG, methane or hydrogen, and promising costs due to greatly reduced amounts of steel interconnect material.
The project proposal addresses a novel design solution for lightweight SOFC stacks that decouples the thermal stresses within the stack and at the same time allows optimal sealing and contacting. In this way the capability for thermal cycling is enhanced and degradation of contacting reduced. Performance is increased since the force needed for secure contacting is now independent of the force required to secure gas tightness of the sealing joints.
The design is highly suitable for industrial manufacturing and automated assembly. The industrial partners will build up the necessary tools and appliances for low cost production of repeating units and the automated quality control, stacking and assembly of stacks.
In mobile and portable applications the requirements for thermal cycling are high. It is therefore essential that lightweight stacks have excellent thermal cycling and rapid start-up capabilities. The stack design supplies a compensation of thermo-mechanical stresses between cell and cell frame / repeating unit. Thin steel sheets with protective coating are used for the sake of cost reduction and sufficient stack lifetime, also for stationary applications. The latter will also benefit from improved start-up times, since this allows a more flexible and load-oriented operation.

Call for proposal

FCH-JU-2010-1
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Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM
Address
Edgbaston
B15 2TT Birmingham
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 253 235
Administrative Contact
May Chung (Ms.)

Participants (7)

FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM JULICH GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 506 810
Address
Wilhelm Johnen Strasse
52428 Julich
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Anne Bosch
BORIT NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 327 760
Address
Lammerdries 18 D
2440 Geel
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Dominique Surinx (Mr.)
ROHWEDDER MICRO ASSEMBLY GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 283 280
Address
Eisenbahnstrasse 11
76646 Bruchsal
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Karin Hirst (Ms.)
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 162 740
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Antonio Javier Sanchez-Herencia (Mr.)
BEKAERT NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 134 670
Address
Bekaertstraat 2
8550 Zwevegem
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Erik Dekempeneer (Dr.)
Turbocoating s.p.a.
Italy
EU contribution
€ 210 840
Address
Via Mistrali 7
43040 Rubbiano Di Solignano
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Simona Meneghetti (Ms.)
SOLIDPOWER SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 188 640
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.)