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Solid oxide fuel cell combined heat and power: Future-ready Energy

Objective

The overall objective of SO-FREE is the development of a fully future-ready solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC)-based system for combined heat and power (CHP) generation. This means a versatile system concept for efficient, near-zero-emission, fuel-flexible and truly modular power and heat supply to end users in the residential, commercial, municipal and agricultural sectors.
Beyond the primary objective required by the call topic – i.e. the delivery of a pre-certified SOFC-CHP system allowing an operation window from zero to 100% H2 in natural gas and with additions of purified biogas – the SO-FREE project will endeavour the realization of a standardized stack-system interface, allowing full interchangeability of SOFC stack types within a given SOFC-CHP system. This interface design will be taken to the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) as a new work item proposal (NWIP) for international standardization. In such a way all commercial barriers to full and free competition between SOFC stack suppliers and system integrators aim to be levelled.
Furthermore, this interoperability will be proved by doubling the required demonstration period: two systems will be run for 9 months each, each operating, alternately, two different stacks, which will be exchanged between the two systems. One system will be operated to assess compliance with all applicable certification requirements of a TRL 6 prototype, defining the outstanding pathway to full product certification; the other system will run at TRL7 (demonstration in operational environment) providing combined heat and power with natural gas with injections of hydrogen.
As a final proof of robustness and flexibility, the two stacks integrated in each of the two systems (one developed by AVL, the other by ICI Caldaie) will be characteristic of the extreme ends of the spectrum of SOFC operating temperatures: 650°C (Elcogen) and 850°C (Fraunhofer IKTS).

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electrical engineering/power engineering/electric power generation/combined heat and power
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fossil energy/natural gas
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fuel cell

Call for proposal

H2020-JTI-FCH-2020-1
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Funding Scheme

FCH2-RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

AGENZIA NAZIONALE PER LE NUOVE TECNOLOGIE, L'ENERGIA E LO SVILUPPO ECONOMICO SOSTENIBILE
Address
Lungotevere Grande Ammiraglio Thaon Di Revel 76
000196 Roma
Italy
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 324 500

Participants (8)

AVL LIST GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 499 689
Address
Hans-list-platz 1
8020 Graz
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ELCOGEN OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 286 341,25
Address
Niittyvillankuja 4
01510 Vantaa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 255 000
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
I.C.I CALDAIE SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 498 750
Address
Via Giovanni Pascoli 38
37059 Campagnola Di Zevio
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
INSTYTUT ENERGETYKI
Poland
EU contribution
€ 230 750
Address
Ul. Mory 8
01 330 Warszawa
Activity type
Other
KIWA NEDERLAND BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 280 010
Address
Wilmersdorf 50
7327AC Apeldoorn
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
PGE POLSKA GRUPA ENERGETYCZNA SA
Poland
EU contribution
€ 199 053,75
Address
Ul Mysia 2
00 496 Warszawa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI GUGLIELMO MARCONI - TELEMATICA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 165 000
Address
Via Plinio 44
00193 Roma
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments