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Durable Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Tri-generation System for Low Carbon Buildings

Objective

The project (TriSOFC) aims to develop and evaluate the performance of the first-of-its-kind LT-SOFC tri-generation system for low carbon buildings. The system is based on the integration of LT-SOFC stack and a novel liquid desiccant unit.

A 1.5kW low-cost durable LT-SOFC tri-generation prototype system will be designed optimised, constructed and tested. The tri-generation system incorporates additional components including a fuel processor, to generate reformate gas if natural-gas used as fuel, and equipment for the electrical, mechanical and control balance of plant (BoP). With high efficiency, low-cost and long–term duration in mind, all these components will be first tested in the laboratory for further optimisation and miniaturisation. The performance of the tri-generation system will be tested using the Creative Energy Homes (low/zero carbon homes) at the University of Nottingham, UK.

The tri-generation system will be used primarily in the low carbon homes/buildings. The system will be tested using natural-gas but it could be modified for use with other clean/renewable energy fuels (e.g. alcohol, biomass liquid fuel and biodiesel).

The system has the potential to reduce CO2 emission by 70% compared to a traditional energy production system comprising of separate condensate power plant, boiler and compressor-driven cooling units. The successful development of the proposed project will promote LT-SOFC applications for provision of power, heat and cooling. The commercialisation of the system will bring economic and environmental benefits to the EU.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fuel cell
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/liquid fuels
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy

Call for proposal

FCH-JU-2011-1
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Funding Scheme

JTI-CP-FCH - Joint Technology Initiatives - Collaborative Project (FCH)

Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM
Address
University Park
NG7 2RD Nottingham
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 331 267
Administrative Contact
Paul Cartledge (Mr.)

Participants (8)

KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 337 629,68
Address
Brinellvagen 8
100 44 Stockholm
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Linda Månsson (Ms.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 251 633
Address
Edgbaston
B15 2TT Birmingham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
May Chung (Ms.)
INSTITUTO DE ENGENHARIA MECANICA

Participation ended

Portugal
EU contribution
€ 89 705
Address
Rua Rovisco Pais 1
1049 001 Lisboa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Armando Oliveira (Prof.)
GETTFUELCELLS INTERNATIONAL AB

Participation ended

Sweden
EU contribution
€ 71 104,32
Address
Jarntorget 78
11127 Stockholm
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Richard Ljungberg (Mr.)
Vestel Savunma Sanayi A.S.
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 225 203
Address
Ihsan Dogramaci Bulvan Titanyum
Ankara Cankaya
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ibrahim Pamuk (Mr.)
PRZEDSIEBIORSTWO INNOWACYJNO-WDROZENIOWE COMPLEX SP ZOO
Poland
EU contribution
€ 36 946
Address
Ul. Jabloniowa 42/6
40 111 Katowice
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Grzegorz Zalot (Mr.)
RISE IVF AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 122 000
Address
Argongatan 30
431 53 Molndal
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Marie Pauli (Mrs.)
INEGI - INSTITUTO DE CIENCIA E INOVACAO EM ENGENHARIA MECANICA E ENGENHARIA INDUSTRIAL
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 15 903
Address
Rua Dr Roberto Frias 400
4200 465 Porto
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Armando Oliveira (Prof.)