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Demonstration of 1st European SOFC Truck APU

Objective

Within the DESTA project the first European SOFC (“Solid Oxide Fuel Cell”) Truck APU (“Auxiliary Power Unit”) will be demonstrated. SOFC technology offers big advantages compared to other fuel cell technologies due to compatibility to conventional road fuels like diesel. Within the last years significant improvements have been made to bring SOFC stack technology and APU BoP components to prototype and product level. The project will begin with APU requirement definition for application of an SOFC APU into an US type Volvo heavy-duty truck. In parallel the test conditions for the vehicle test and off-vehicle tests will be elaborated. Due to huge development efforts at Eberspächer and AVL at project begin of DESTA already 2 SOFC APU systems will be available at laboratory prototype level. These 2 APU systems (in each case 3) will be tested based on an accelerated test profile for at least 1 year. Based on the test results and additional investigations a benchmark of the 2 systems will be performed by the independent research institute Forschungszentrum Jülich. Based on this benchmark and derived recommendations the 2 systems will be merged and optimized to one final DESTA SOFC APU. In this process the most promising approaches from both systems will be identified and realized in the final DESTA SOFC APU. In parallel to the system test and development TOFC will focus on SOFC stack optimization. In this project the decision has been made to focus on ASC stacks to due high maturity of this technology. This technology is already very close to industrialization. But the stacks still have to be improved in terms of start-up time, lifetime and sulphur tolerance which will be performed in WP3. Finally the optimized DESTA SOFC APU systems will go into tests. On the one hand the truck demonstration and on the other hand laboratory systems tests (performance, long-time, vibration, salt spray,..) will be performed.
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Coordinator

AVL LIST GMBH

Address

Hans-List-Platz 1
8020 Graz

Austria

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 782 860,15

Administrative Contact

Josef Affenzeller (Dr.)

Participants (4)

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EBERSPAECHER CLIMATE CONTROL SYSTEMS GMBH & CO KG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 2 058 995,20

TOPSOE FUEL CELL A/S

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 634 242,20

VOLVO TECHNOLOGY AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 333 214,70

FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM JULICH GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 64 959,75

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 278899

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2012

  • End date

    30 June 2015

Funded under:

FP7-JTI

  • Overall budget:

    € 10 441 618,80

  • EU contribution

    € 3 874 272

Coordinated by:

AVL LIST GMBH

Austria