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

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.

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COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES

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Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15

France

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 368 833,75

Participants (11)

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DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 313 625

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI SALERNO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 361 562,50

ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE

Switzerland

INSTITUT JOZEF STEFAN

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 190 500

Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 191 331,25

AVL LIST GMBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 250 687,50

SOLIDPOWER SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 423 000

SOLIDPOWER SA

Switzerland

BITRON SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 281 408,75

ABSISKEY

France

EU Contribution

€ 118 000

ABSISKEY CP

France

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 735918

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 January 2017

  • End date

    31 December 2019

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.3.8.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 146 056,25

  • EU contribution

    € 2 498 948,75

Coordinated by:

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES

France