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Fuel Flexible, Air-regulated, Modular, Electrically Integrated SOFC System

Fuel Flexible, Air-regulated, Modular, Electrically Integrated SOFC System

Objective

The overall objective of the FlameSOFC project is the development of an innovative SOFC-based micro-CHP system capable to operate with different fuels and fulfilling all technological and market requirements at a European level. The main focus concerning t he multi-fuel flexibility lies on different natural gas qualities and LPG, but also on liquid fuels (diesel like heating oil, industrial gas oil IGO and renewables like FAME). The target nominal net electrical output is 2 kWel (stack electrical output ca. 2,5 kW), which is expected to represent the future mainstream high volume mass market for micro-CHPs. An advanced planar, compact SOFC-stack will be developed and combined with an innovative, compact and robust fuel processor, which will be able to process many different fuels without catalytic components, thus enabling the potential for a long lifetime of >30.000h. A simple, highly integrated and reliable system design will result via the integration of advanced peripheral components like the advanced T hermal Partial Oxidation reformer (T-POX), the multi-purpose off-gas burner, the compact heat exchangers, the cool flame vaporizer and the soot trap. Advanced control strategies will assure an optimal integration in an electrical network environment. The o verall efficiency targets are >35% net electrical efficiency and >90 % total CHP efficiency, which will result in 2 tons of annual CO2 reduction per unit (compared to the combination of a condensing boiler and European electricity mix). The SOFC fuel cell technology will be applied because it is less sensitive to impurities and variations in the fuel composition than other fuel cell systems and has a better cost reduction potential than other fuel cell types. The high temperature level of the SOFC tec hnology gives also a better integration potential in co- or tri-generation applications. The main target application is a micro CHP system for single or two-family residential homes with electrical grid connection.

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Coordinator

VDI/VDE INNOVATION + TECHNIK GMBH

Address

Steinplatz 1
Berlin

Germany

Administrative Contact

Jurgen VALLDORF (Dr)

Participants (19)

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MERLONI TERMOSANITARI S.P.A.

Italy

FAGOR ELECTRODOMESTICOS S. COOP. LTDA

Spain

EBZ ENTWICKLUNGS- UND VERTRIEBSGESELLSCHAFT BRENNSTOFFZELLE MBH

Germany

HTCERAMIX SA

Switzerland

PROMEOS GMBH

Germany

STOBBE TECH CERAMICS APS

Denmark

IKERLAN S. COOP

Spain

ENERGIEONDERZOEK CENTRUM NEDERLAND

Netherlands

OEL-WAERME-INSTITUT GMBH

Germany

FRIEDRICH-ALEXANDER UNIVERSITAET ERLANGEN-NUERNBERG

Germany

ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE

Switzerland

POLITECNICO DI TORINO

Italy

NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS

Greece

INSTITUTO SUPERIOR TECNICO

Portugal

IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE

United Kingdom

BUDAPESTI MUSZAKI ES GAZDASAGTUDOMANYI EGYETEM

Hungary

EC BREC INSTYTUT ENERGETYKI ODNAWIALNEJ SPOLKA Z OGRANICZONA ODPOWIEDZIALNOSCIA

Poland

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET BERGAKADEMIE FREIBERG

Germany

ELCO SHARED SERVICES GMBH

Germany

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 19875

  • Start date

    1 October 2005

  • End date

    30 June 2010

Funded under:

FP6-SUSTDEV

  • Overall budget:

    € 12 258 841

  • EU contribution

    € 7 016 606

Coordinated by:

VDI/VDE INNOVATION + TECHNIK GMBH

Germany