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Innovative SOFC Architecture based on Triode Operation

Objetivo

The development of Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs) operating on hydrocarbon fuels (natural gas, biofuel,LPG) is the key to their short to medium term broad commercialization. The development of direct HC SOFCs still meets lot of challenges and problems arising from the fact that the anode materials operate under severe conditions leading to low activity towards reforming and oxidation reactions, fast deactivation due to carbon formation and instability due to the presence of sulphur compounds. Although research on these issues is intensive, no major technological breakthroughs have been so far with respect to robust operation, sufficient lifetime and competitive cost.
T-CELL proposes a novel electrochemical approach aiming at tackling these problems by a comprehensive effort to define, explore, characterize, develop and realize a radically new triode approach to SOFC technology together with a novel, advanced architecture for cell and stack design. This advance will be accomplished by means of an integrated approach based both on materials development and on the deployment of an innovative cell design that permits the effective control of electrocatalytic activity under steam or dry reforming conditions. The novelty of the proposed work lies in the pioneering effort to apply Ni-modified materials electrodes of proven advanced tolerance, as anodic electrodes in SOFCs and in the exploitation of our novel triode SOFC concept which introduces a new controllable variable into fuel cell operation.
In order to provide a proof of concept of the stackability of triode cells, a triode SOFC stack consisting of at least 4 repeating units will be developed and its performance will be evaluated under methane and steam co-feed, in presence of a small concentration of sulphur compound.
Success of the overall ambitious objectives of the proposed project will result in major progress beyond the current state-of-the-art and will open entirely new perspectives in cell and stack designs.

Convocatoria de propuestas

FCH-JU-2011-1
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Coordinador

ETHNIKO KENTRO EREVNAS KAI TECHNOLOGIKIS ANAPTYXIS
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Charilaou Thermi Road 6 Km
57001 Thermi Thessaloniki
Greece
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€ 363 400
Contacto administrativo
Dimitrios Tsiplakides (Prof.)

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IDRYMA TECHNOLOGIAS KAI EREVNAS
Greece
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70013 Irakleio
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CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
Francia
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€ 173 440
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Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
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Research Organisations
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Sandrine Magnetto (Ms.)
ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
Suiza
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€ 182 400
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Batiment Ce 3316 Station 1
1015 Lausanne
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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Jan Van Herle (Dr.)
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
España
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€ 256 363
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Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
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Alberto Sereno Alvarez (Mr.)
MANTIS DEPOSITION LIMITED
United Kingdom
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€ 143 531
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2 Goodson Industrial Mews, Wellington Street
OX9 3BX Thame
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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Alistair Kean (Dr.)
Prototech AS
Noruega
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€ 150 933
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Fantoftvegen 38
5072 Bergen
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Ivar Wærnhus (Dr.)
SOLIDPOWER SPA
Italia
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€ 231 600
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Viale Trento 115/117
38017 Mezzolombardo Tn
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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Alberto Ravagni (Dr.)