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ImplementatioN in real SOFC Systems of monItoring and diaGnostic tools using signal analysis to increase tHeir lifeTime

Objective

The INSIGHT project aims at developing a Monitoring, Diagnostic and Lifetime Tool (MDLT) for Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) stacks and the hardware necessary for its implementation into a real SOFC system. The effectiveness of the MDLT will be demonstrated through on-field tests on a real micro-Combined Heat and Power system (2.5 kW), thus moving these tools from Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 3 to beyond 5.

INSIGHT leverages the experience of previous projects and consolidates their outcomes both at methodological and application levels. The consortium will specifically exploit monitoring approaches based on two advanced complementary techniques: Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS) and Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) in addition to conventional dynamic stack signals. Durability tests with faults added on purpose and accelerated tests will generate the data required to develop and validate the MDL algorithms. Based on the outcome of experimental analysis and mathematical approaches, fault mitigation logics will be developed to avoid stack failures and slow down their degradation.

A specific low-cost hardware, consisting in a single board able to embed the MDLT will be developed and integrated into a commercial SOFC system, the EnGenTM 2500, which will be tested on-field.

INSIGHT will then open the perspective to decrease the costs of service and SOFC stack replacement by 50%, which would correspond to a reduction of the Total Cost of Ownership by 10% / kWh.

To reach these objectives, INSIGHT is a cross multidisciplinary consortium gathering 11 organisations from 6 member states (France, Italy, Denmark, Slovenia, Austria, Finland) and one associated country (Switzerland). The partnership covers all competences necessary: experimental testing (CEA, DTU, EPFL), algorithms developments (UNISA, IJS, AVL), hardware development (BIT), system integration and validation (VTT, SP, HTC), supported by AK for the project management and dissemination.

Call for proposal

H2020-JTI-FCH-2016-1
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Funding Scheme

FCH2-RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
Address
Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15
France
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 368 833,75

Participants (10)

DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 313 625
Address
Anker Engelundsvej 1 Bygning 101 A
2800 Kgs Lyngby
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI SALERNO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 361 562,50
Address
Via Giovanni Paolo Ii 132
84084 Fisciano Sa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Batiment Ce 3316 Station 1
1015 Lausanne
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INSTITUT JOZEF STEFAN
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 190 500
Address
Jamova 39
1000 Ljubljana
Activity type
Research Organisations
TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 191 331,25
Address
Tekniikantie 21
02150 Espoo
Activity type
Research Organisations
AVL LIST GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 250 687,50
Address
Hans-list-platz 1
8020 Graz
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SOLIDPOWER SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 423 000
Address
Viale Trento 115/117
38017 Mezzolombardo Tn
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SOLIDPOWER SA
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Avenue Des Sports 26
1400 Yverdon-les-bains
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BITRON SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 281 408,75
Address
Corso Principe Oddone 18
10122 Torino
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AK GROUP
France
EU contribution
€ 118 000
Address
41B Rue Dupetit Thouars
49000 Angers
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)