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Automated mass-manufacturing and quality assurance of Solid Oxide Fuel Cell stacks

Objectif

qSOFC project combines leading European companies and research centres in stack manufacturing value-chain with two companies specialized in production automation and quality assurance to optimize the current stack manufacturing processes for mass production. Currently the state-of-the-art SOFC system capital expenditure (capex) is 7000…8000 €/kW of which stack is the single most expensive component. This proposal focuses on SOFC stack cost reduction and quality improvement by replacing manual labour in all key parts of the stack manufacturing process with automated manufacturing and quality control. This will lead to stack cost of 1000 €/kW and create a further cost reduction potential down to 500 €/kW at mass production (2000 MW/year).

During the qSOFC project, key steps in cell and interconnect manufacturing and quality assurance will be optimized to enable mass-manufacturing. This will include development and validation of high-speed cell-manufacturing process, automated 3D machine vision inspection method to detect defects in cell manufacturing and automated leak-tightness detection of laser-welded/brazed interconnect-assemblies.

The project is based on the products of its' industrial partners in stack-manufacturing value-chain (ElringKlinger, Elcogen AS, Elcogen Oy, Sandvik) and motivated by their interest to further ready their products into mass-manufacturing market. Two companies specialized in production automation and quality control (Müko, HaikuTech) provide their expertise to the project. The two research centres (VTT, ENEA) support these companies with their scientific background and validate the produced cells, interconnects and stacks.

Effective exploitation and dissemination of resulting improved products, services, and know-how is a natural purpose of each partner and these actions are boosted by this project. This makes project results available also for other parties and increases competitiveness of the European fuel cell industry.

Appel à propositions

H2020-JTI-FCH-2016-1
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Coordinateur

TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT OY
Adresse
Tekniikantie 21
02150 Espoo
Finlande
Type d’activité
Research Organisations
Contribution de l’UE
€ 549 817,50

Participants (7)

ELRINGKLINGER AG
Allemagne
Contribution de l’UE
€ 431 877,50
Adresse
Max Eyth Strasse 2
72581 Dettingen An Der Erms
Type d’activité
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AKTSIASELTS ELCOGEN
Estonie
Contribution de l’UE
€ 200 750
Adresse
Valukoja 23
11415 Tallin
Type d’activité
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AGENZIA NAZIONALE PER LE NUOVE TECNOLOGIE, L'ENERGIA E LO SVILUPPO ECONOMICO SOSTENIBILE
Italie
Contribution de l’UE
€ 239 750
Adresse
Lungotevere Grande Ammiraglio Thaon Di Revel 76
00196 Roma
Type d’activité
Research Organisations
ELCOGEN OY
Finlande
Contribution de l’UE
€ 275 750
Adresse
Niittyvillankuja 4
01510 Vantaa
Type d’activité
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AKTIEBOLAGET SANDVIK MATERIALSTECHONOLOGY
Suède
Contribution de l’UE
€ 107 145
Adresse
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811 81 Sandviken
Type d’activité
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
HAIKU TECH EUROPE BV
Pays-Bas
Contribution de l’UE
€ 204 925
Adresse
Spoorweglaan 16
6221 BS Maastricht
Type d’activité
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
MUKO MASCHINENBAU GMBH
Allemagne
Contribution de l’UE
€ 100 000
Adresse
Heinkelstrasse 46
71384 Weinstadt
Type d’activité
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)