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New all-European high-performance stack: design for mass production

Objective

This project combines European know-how in single cells, coatings, sealing, and stack design to produce a novel 1 kW SOFC stack of unprecedented performance, together with the proof of concept of a 10 kWe SOFC stack. Improvements over the state of the art in cost, performance, efficiency, and reliability will be proven, covering all top-level objectives mentioned in the topic. The stacks will be developed according to system integrators’ requirements guided by an industrial steering group. The target application of the development is stationary and residential combined heat and power production based on natural gas, and will form the basis for Elcogen Oy’s commercial SOFC stack technology. All manufacturing methods, stack designs, and materials are chosen so that they are suitable for mass production and enable 1000 €/kW profitable stack price, which is a significant improvement to current state of the art. These methods, designs, and materials have been demonstrated successfully in small-scale and require the scale-up to suit manufacturing of 10 kWe SOFC stacks. For example, high performance of Elcogen cells and short stacks were already demonstrated with 100x100 mm2 cell size, but in this project cells and stack will be further improved and scaled up to larger 120x120 mm2 size.
The project is based on the products of industrial partners and motivated by their interest to consolidate an optimized supply-chain and subsequently commercialize a high-performance product at very sharp prices. To this effect, the activity will pay great attention to designing the stack for mass production processes. One industrial partner is involved for each key function: Elcogen AS (cells), Elcogen Oy (stack assembly and production), Sandvik (interconnects and coatings), and Flexitallic Ltd (sealing). Selected research institutions complete the partnership to focus the development process towards a reliable product.

Call for proposal

FCH-JU-2013-1
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Coordinator

AGENZIA NAZIONALE PER LE NUOVE TECNOLOGIE, L'ENERGIA E LO SVILUPPO ECONOMICO SOSTENIBILE
Address
Lungotevere Grande Ammiraglio Thaon Di Revel 76
00196 Roma
Italy
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 335 856,40
Administrative Contact
Angelo Di Guglielmo (Mr.)

Participants (8)

TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT

Participation ended

Finland
Address
Tekniikantie 4 A
02044 VTT Espoo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Olli Himanen (Dr.)
AKTSIASELTS ELCOGEN
Estonia
EU contribution
€ 111 520
Address
Valukoja 23
11415 Tallin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Enn õunpuu (Mr.)
ELCOGEN OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 265 650
Address
Niittyvillankuja 4
01510 Vantaa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Enn õunpuu (Mr.)
TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 319 540
Address
Tekniikantie 21
02150 Espoo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Olli Himanen (Dr.)
FLEXITALLIC LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 123 372
Address
Scandinavia Mill Hunsworth Lane
BD19 4LN Cleckheaton
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
John Hoyes (Mr.)
BORIT NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 212 846,60
Address
Lammerdries 18 D
2440 Geel
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Luc Wanten (Mr.)
AKTIEBOLAGET SANDVIK MATERIALSTECHONOLOGY
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 106 010
Address
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811 81 Sandviken
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Mats Lundberg (Dr.)
CLAUSTHALER UMWELTTECHNIK INSTITUT GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 159 100
Address
Leibnizstrasse 21-23
38678 Clausthal Zellerfeld
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ralph-Uwe Dietrich (Dr.)