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

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

Objective

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.
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Coordinator

Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy

Address

Vuorimiehentie 3
02150 Espoo

Finland

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 500 005

Participants (7)

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ELRINGKLINGER AG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 500 940

AKTSIASELTS ELCOGEN

Estonia

EU Contribution

€ 200 750

AGENZIA NAZIONALE PER LE NUOVE TECNOLOGIE, L'ENERGIA E LO SVILUPPO ECONOMICO SOSTENIBILE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 239 750

ELCOGEN OY

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 256 500

AKTIEBOLAGET SANDVIK MATERIALSTECHONOLOGY

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 107 145

HAIKU TECH EUROPE BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 204 925

MUKO MASCHINENBAU GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 100 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 735160

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 February 2017

  • End date

    31 January 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.3.8.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 110 015

  • EU contribution

    € 2 110 015

Coordinated by:

Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy

Finland