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Design of 2 Technologies and Applications to Service

Objective

The current “Design to service” project aims at simplifying both, residential and commercial fuel cell systems for easy, fast and save system service and maintenance. In order to make best use of lessons learned and available resources, this project jointly works on two distinguished technologies (PEFC&SOFC) in two different markets (residential & extended UPS). Both SME manufacturers are committed to establish lean after-sales structures, a significant step towards mass manufacturing and deployment. Maintenance is one significant part of Total Cost of Ownership of FC systems.
Pooling the operational experience of field test programs, such as ene.field and Callux, critical analysis will lead to a priority list of required technical changes. For cold Balance of Plant Components, joint efforts will focus on the desulphuriser and the water treatment system. Actions are taken for both, simplified maintenance and extended durability for prolonged service intervals. Logistics for replacement component supply will be considered. For the hot component parts, the manufacturers work on their individual hot topics to adapt and simplify the design of the current units, e.g. to allow replacement of individual components instead of sub-units. A large decrease of costs impact is expected once individual stacks can be changed in a simple maintenance operation instead of complete sub-units. It is important that such operations can be performed by a significant pool of qualified installers. This is addressed by the elaboration of simple technical manuals that will be exposed to real-life practical technicians in training programs. These actions aim at decreasing the technical barrier to service systems.
Finally, the improved BoP units will be validated by testing single and multiple units. Beyond the classical features of high efficiency and silent operation, this will also add values like flexibility and modularity of FC technologies with respect to individual customer requests.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fuel cell

Call for proposal

H2020-JTI-FCH-2014-1
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Funding Scheme

FCH2-IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

DLR-INSTITUT FUR VERNETZTE ENERGIESYSTEME EV
Address
Carl Von Ossietzky Strasse 15
26129 Oldenburg
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 705 000

Participants (6)

SOLIDPOWER SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 519 443,75
Address
Viale Trento 115/117
38017 Mezzolombardo Tn
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BALLARD POWER SYSTEMS EUROPE AS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 450 100
Address
Majsmarken 1
9500 Hobro
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ZENTRUM FUR BRENNSTOFFZELLEN-TECHNIK GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 705 450
Address
Carl Benz Strasse 201
47057 Duisburg
Activity type
Research Organisations
BOSAL EMISSION CONTROL SYSTEMS NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 288 599,50
Address
Dellestraat 20
3560 Lummen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BRITISH GAS TRADING LIMITED

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Millstream Maidenhead Road
SL45GD Windsor
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ENERGY PARTNER SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 285 197,50
Address
Via Circonvallazione 11/D
61048 Sant Angelo In Vado
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)