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Cost-effective and flexible 3D printed SOFC stacks for commercial applications

Objective

A Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) is a ceramic-based multilayer device that involves expensive and time-consuming multi-step manufacturing processes including tape casting, screen printing, firing, shaping and several high-temperature thermal treatments. In addition, these cells are manually assembled into stacks resulting in extra steps for joining and sealing that difficult the standardization and quality control of the final product while introducing weak parts likely to fail. Since current ceramics processing presents strong limitations in shape and extremely complex design for manufacturing (more than 100 steps), industrially fabricated SOFC cells and stacks are expensive and present low flexibility and long time to market. This is particularly relevant for the commercial segment of the stationary fuel cells market (5-400kW) that is highly heterogeneous in terms of the overall power and heat requirements and requires customization of the final product.

The main goal of the Cell3Ditor project is to develop a 3D printing technology for the industrial production of SOFC stacks by covering research and innovation in all the stages of the industrial value chain (inks formulation, 3D printer development, ceramics consolidation and system integration). All-ceramic joint-free SOFC stacks with embedded fluidics and current collection will be fabricated in a two-step process (single-step printing and sintering) to reduce in energy, materials and assembly costs while simplifying the design for manufacturing and time to market.

Compared to traditional ceramic processing, the Cell3Ditor manufacturing process presents a significantly shorter time to market (from years to months) and a cost reduction estimated in 63% with an initial investment below one third of an equivalent conventional manufacturing plant (production of 1000 units per year). The project is product-driven and involves SMEs (with proved technologies) in the entire value chain to ensure reaching TRL>6.

Call for proposal

H2020-JTI-FCH-2015

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Sub call

H2020-JTI-FCH-2015-1

Coordinator

FUNDACIO INSTITUT DE RECERCA DE L'ENERGIA DE CATALUNYA
Net EU contribution
€ 503 000,00
Address
C/ Jardins De Les Dones De Negre 1
08930 Sant Adria De Besos
Spain

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Region
Este Cataluña Barcelona
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 750,00

Participants (7)

DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET
Denmark
Net EU contribution
€ 372 651,25
Address
Anker Engelundsvej 1 Bygning 101 A
2800 Kgs Lyngby

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Region
Danmark Hovedstaden Københavns omegn
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 671,25
FRANCISCO ALBERO SA
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 250 750,00
Address
Rafael Barradas 19 Poligono
08908 Hospitalet De Llobregat

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Este Cataluña Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 500,00
SAS 3DCERAM SINTO
France
Net EU contribution
€ 474 750,00
Address
4 Rue Du Parc De Maison Rouge Za Maison Rouge
87270 Bonnac La Cote

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Region
Nouvelle-Aquitaine Limousin Haute-Vienne
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 6 750,00
PROMETHEAN PARTICLES LTD
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 248 250,00
Address
1-3 Genesis Park, Midland Way
NG7 3EF Nottingham

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
East Midlands (England) Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Nottingham
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 500,00
UNIVERSIDAD DE LA LAGUNA
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 137 200,00
Address
Padre Herrera S/n
38200 San Cristobal De La Laguna

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Region
Canarias Canarias Tenerife
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 300,00
SAAN ENERGI AB
Sweden
Net EU contribution
€ 154 656,25
Address
Scheelevagen 15
223 70 Lund

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Södra Sverige Sydsverige Skåne län
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 1 000,00
HyGear Fuel Cell Systems B.V.
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 39 405,00
Address
Westervoortsedijk 73
6802 EG Arnhem

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Oost-Nederland Gelderland Arnhem/Nijmegen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00