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Innovative SOFC system layout for stationary power and
CHP applications

Objective

The aim of the project is to develop a Proof-of-Concept (PoC) prototype of a new SOFC concept with a serial connection of one exothermic CPOx stage with one or a multiple of endothermic steam reforming stages. The system will combine the benefits of the simple and robust CPOx layout with the high efficiencies obtained by the steam reforming process. It requires two reforming stages that are both operated adiabatically so that the system can be kept simple and compact. Furthermore, a staged cathode air supply allows an individual control of stack temperatures and saving of costly heat exchanger area.

Based on a successful lab-type proof of feasibility, a PoC system will be developed that achieves an electrical efficiency of at least 45 % and a thermal efficiency of higher than 85 %. The system will be designed for small-scale CHP and off-grid applications in the power range of 5 to 50 kW. It will be operated with natural gas, but also options for operation with biogas and LPG will be investigated. A techno-economical study will validate business cases and derive requirements from the application side that have a large impact into the design of the system.

The projects targets at the development of a 5 kWel PoC prototype that will show the feasibility of the staged stack connection within a compact, production optimized, scalable and robust system concept. The prototype will be operated according to the load profiles that are derived from the application. Critical components like adiabatic pre-reformer, power electronics and the design of a compact hotbox are addressed within the project. The Proof-of-Concept prototype should reach a maturity that allows a fast evolution to a field test system.

The PoC design is based on a preliminary exploitation plan that takes into account a poten-tial market size and a viable route-to-market. Detailed techno-economic investigations will be performed in order to assess the best business cases for the proposed product.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fossil energy/gas
  • /social sciences/economics and business
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electrical engineering/power engineering/electric power generation/combined heat and power

Call for proposal

FCH-JU-2013-1
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Funding Scheme

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

Coordinator

TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT OY
Address
Tekniikantie 21
02150 Espoo
Finland
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 527 180
Administrative Contact
Matti Reinikainen (Dr.)

Participants (5)

TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT

Participation ended

Finland
Address
Tekniikantie 4 A
02044 VTT Espoo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Matti Reinikainen (Dr.)
SUNFIRE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 622 509,80
Address
Gasanstaltstrasse 2
01237 Dresden
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Oliver Posdziech (Dr.)
I.C.I CALDAIE SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 520 934,80
Address
Via Giovanni Pascoli 38
37059 Campagnola Di Zevio
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Matteo Dalla Bona (Mr.)
LAPPEENRANNAN-LAHDEN TEKNILLINEN YLIOPISTO LUT
Finland
EU contribution
€ 311 300
Address
Yliopistonkatu 34
53850 Lappeenranta
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Juhamatti Korhonen (Dr.)
ZACHODNIOPOMORSKI UNIWERSYTET TECHNOLOGICZNY W SZCZECINIE
Poland
EU contribution
€ 183 800
Address
Al. Piastow 17
70 310 Szczecin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Paulina Pianko-Oprych (Dr.)