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Operation of a Novel Sofc-battery Integrated hybrid for Telecommunication Energy systems

Operation of a Novel Sofc-battery Integrated hybrid for Telecommunication Energy systems

Objective

SOFCs are good energy sources to supply reliable power at steady state. Due to their slow internal electrochemical and thermodynamic characteristics, they cannot respond to electrical load transients as quickly as desired. During peak demand a battery can provide power in addition to the fuel cell, whereas the fuel cell can recharge the battery during low demand periods. The key advantage of this system architecture is that the fuel cell is operated without major load variations close to constant load resulting in longer lifetime and thus reducing total costs of operation.
The realization of a hybrid system, capable of connecting production and storage devices on the one hand, and of managing and controlling the energy and its exchange with the power grid on the other hand, represents the synergy of some innovative technologies, but already commercially available. The overall objective of ONSITE is the construction and operation of a containerized system, based on SOFC/ZEBRA battery hybridisation, that generates more than 20 kW at high efficiency and economically competitive costs. High Temperature ZEBRA batteries (NaNiCl) are intrinsically maintenance free, show long life and are fully recyclable. The choice of this kind of technology aims at exchanging thermal energy between the two devices, in order to enhance the total efficiency of the final system, as well. The natural gas (optionally LPG) operated SOFC and the ZEBRA battery will be thermally integrated. Both will provide power for TLC energy stations. Basic research will be pursued on SOFC stacks to reach FCH JU targets in terms of efficiency, duration and costs. On top of these activities, detailed analyses of final proof-of-concept life cycle cost and total cost of ownership are foreseen. The thermal energy (waste heat) of the system can be applied for heating purposes as well as for cooling applying, e.g. an absorption cooling system. The system demonstration will take place at Ericsson as a real TLC site

Coordinator

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

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Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma

Italy

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 616 400

Administrative Contact

Ferraro Marco (Dr.)

Participants (7)

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Dr. Erich Erdle

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 195 105

ERICSSON TELECOMUNICAZIONI SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 255 103

FZSONICK SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 309 220

SOLIDPOWER SA

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 1 113 950

BONFIGLIOLI VECTRON GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 266 360

INSTYTUT ENERGETYKI

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 128 500

HAUTE ECOLE SPECIALISEE DE SUISSE OCCIDENTALE

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 127 400

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 325325

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 July 2013

  • End date

    30 September 2017

Funded under:

FP7-JTI

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 571 479,44

  • EU contribution

    € 3 012 038

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CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy