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Operation of a Novel Sofc-battery Integrated hybrid for Telecommunication Energy systems

Objective

SOFCs are good energy sources to supply reliable power at steady state. Due to their slow internal electrochemical and thermodynamic characteristics, they cannot respond to electrical load transients as quickly as desired. During peak demand a battery can provide power in addition to the fuel cell, whereas the fuel cell can recharge the battery during low demand periods. The key advantage of this system architecture is that the fuel cell is operated without major load variations close to constant load resulting in longer lifetime and thus reducing total costs of operation.
The realization of a hybrid system, capable of connecting production and storage devices on the one hand, and of managing and controlling the energy and its exchange with the power grid on the other hand, represents the synergy of some innovative technologies, but already commercially available. The overall objective of ONSITE is the construction and operation of a containerized system, based on SOFC/ZEBRA battery hybridisation, that generates more than 20 kW at high efficiency and economically competitive costs. High Temperature ZEBRA batteries (NaNiCl) are intrinsically maintenance free, show long life and are fully recyclable. The choice of this kind of technology aims at exchanging thermal energy between the two devices, in order to enhance the total efficiency of the final system, as well. The natural gas (optionally LPG) operated SOFC and the ZEBRA battery will be thermally integrated. Both will provide power for TLC energy stations. Basic research will be pursued on SOFC stacks to reach FCH JU targets in terms of efficiency, duration and costs. On top of these activities, detailed analyses of final proof-of-concept life cycle cost and total cost of ownership are foreseen. The thermal energy (waste heat) of the system can be applied for heating purposes as well as for cooling applying, e.g. an absorption cooling system. The system demonstration will take place at Ericsson as a real TLC site

Call for proposal

FCH-JU-2012-1
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CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
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Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
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Italy
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Research Organisations
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€ 616 400
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Ferraro Marco (Dr.)

Participants (7)

Dr. Erich Erdle
Germany
EU contribution
€ 195 105
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Auf Dem Ruhbuehl 105
88090 Immenstaad
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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Erich Erdle (Dr.)
ERICSSON TELECOMUNICAZIONI SPA
Italy
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€ 255 103
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Via Anagnina 203
00118 Roma
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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Rossella Cardone (Dr.)
FZSONICK SPA
Italy
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€ 309 220
Address
Viale Europa 75
36075 Montecchio Maggiore Vi
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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Giorgio Crugnola (Dr.)
SOLIDPOWER SA
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 1 113 950
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Avenue Des Sports 26
1400 Yverdon-les-bains
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Olivier Bucheli (Dr.)
BONFIGLIOLI VECTRON GMBH
Germany
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€ 266 360
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Europark Fichtenhain B6
47807 Krefeld
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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Christian Neuroth (Mr.)
INSTYTUT ENERGETYKI
Poland
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€ 128 500
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Ul. Mory 8
01 330 Warszawa
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Other
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Iwona Lyczkowska-Lizer (Ms.)
HAUTE ECOLE SPECIALISEE DE SUISSE OCCIDENTALE
Switzerland
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€ 127 400
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Route De Moutier 14
2800 Delemont
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Victor Vallat (Mr.)