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SOFC Auxiliary Power In Emissions/Noise Solutions

Objective

This project aims to design, optimise and build several 200W mSOFC stacks and to integrate them into hybrid power systems comprising the fuel cell, a battery and appliances found in a recreational vehicle (RV). Additional components of the system are a gas processor to clean up the autogas propane fuel plus other equipment for electrical, mechanical and control balance of plant (BOP). All these components will be constituents of an entire fuel cell power generator which will first be tested in the lab and, after further optimisation and miniaturisation, in an RV platform. The project is primarily aimed at the RV platform from Autosleepers, an SME based in the UK, but other applications such as boats, ambulances and environmental testing vehicles will also be studied. Propane was chosen as the the fuel because of its superior energy density compared to hydrogen and methanol, and also because it is the generally preferred fuel for auxiliary systems on RVs, such as cookers, fridges and water heaters. Autogas propane is widely available at filling stations throughout Europe. The SOFC was chosen because it can convert propane while also providing low noise, low emissions and heat for hot water supply.
The overall objectives are:
Develop the fuel cell power supply to fit the RV
Test the Autogas propane fuel
Study the needs of the market to reduce the risks of commercialisation
Improve the SOFC in terms of materials, lifetime, performance and costs
Innovate on noise reduction and emissions
Provide several fuel cells for testing optimisation and proving
To test long term durability and cycling for obtaining approvals
To disseminate by getting real users to apply the new device and report results across Europe
Impact will be substantial because the general public will be using these RVs. Also three special conferences will be organised to disseminate information, ten refereed publications will be submitted and patents will be published on the innovations.

Call for proposal

FCH-JU-2011-1
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Coordinator

ADELAN LTD
Address
Wycherley, Tower Road, Ashley Heath,
TF9 4PY Market Drayton
United Kingdom
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 504 901
Administrative Contact
Kevin Kendall (Prof.)

Participants (6)

AUTO-SLEEPERS GROUP LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 165 600
Address
Orchard Works Willersley
WR12 7QF Broadway
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Brian Cross
CENTER FOR ABRASIVES AND REFRACTORIES RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT - C.A.R.R.D.
Austria
EU contribution
€ 90 020
Address
Seebacher Allee 64
9524 Villach St Magdalen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Andreas Boerger (Dr.)
CLAUSTHALER UMWELTTECHNIK INSTITUT GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 258 400
Address
Leibnizstrasse 21-23
38678 Clausthal Zellerfeld
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ralph-Uwe Dietrich (Mr.)
JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 224 571
Address
Rue De La Loi 200
1049 Brussels
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Josephina Pijls (Ms.)
FUNDACIO INSTITUT DE RECERCA DE L'ENERGIA DE CATALUNYA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 238 552
Address
C/ Jardins De Les Dones De Negre 1
08930 Sant Adria De Besos
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
José Miguel Sanjuan Marroquín (Mr.)
ZACHODNIOPOMORSKI UNIWERSYTET TECHNOLOGICZNY W SZCZECINIE
Poland
EU contribution
€ 109 546
Address
Al. Piastow 17
70 310 Szczecin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Zdzislaw Jaworski (Prof.)