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Cathode Subsystem Development and Optimisation

Objective

The main objectives of this proposal is to evaluate different process alternatives and find optimal process and mechanical solutions for the cathode and stack subsystems with the aim of having commercially feasible and technologically optimised subsystem solutions ready for future ~ 250 kWe atmospheric SOFC systems. The aspects taken into account in the development are mainly electrical efficiency, controllability, reliability, mass production and costs effectiveness of developed subsystems and individual components.

This project is focused on the development of SOFC system’s air side fluid and thermal management and mechanical solutions, i.e. cathode subsystem and individual components. In large SOFC systems the cathode subsystem is typically the largest source of auxiliary losses and a major factor decreasing electrical efficiency of the system. The reason for this is that almost all components are based on existing products developed for some other purposes and are not optimized for certain SOFC systems. By making cathode side components from the SOFC system point of view, i.e. optimizing the overall system solutions, significant improvements in terms of costs, reliability, performance and lifetime will be achieved. A parallel optimization of the anode subsystem is carried out in the EU funded ASSENT project.

The project will further focus on the integration of SOFC stacks in large systems. If large SOFC systems would be realized by simple multiplication of smaller SOFC stacks, the cost of the so-called Balance of Stack components would be very large. The Balance of Stack components includes air- and gas manifolding, stack compression, thermal insulation, electrical insulation, wiring, lead-in’s and sealing. Based on state-of-the-art SOFC stacks this project will develop scalable, cost-efficient Balance of Stack solutions suitable for ~ 250 kW SOFC systems.

Call for proposal

FCH-JU-2009-1
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Coordinator

TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT OY
Address
Tekniikantie 21
02150 Espoo
Finland

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jari Kiviaho (Dr.)
EU contribution
€ 336 200,90

Participants (6)

TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT

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Finland
Address
Tekniikantie 4 A
02044 VTT Espoo

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Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jari Kiviaho (Mr.)
WARTSILA FINLAND OY

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Finland
EU contribution
€ 327 470,83
Address
Tarhaajantie 2
65380 Vaasa

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Tero Hottinen (Dr.)
AVL LIST GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 557 637,70
Address
Hans-list-platz 1
8020 Graz

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Guenter Trakowanitsch (Mr.)
TOPSOE FUEL CELL A/S
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 738 473,70
Address
Nymoellevej 55
2800 Lyngby

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sune Danø (Dr.)
BOSAL EMISSION CONTROL SYSTEMS NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 561 735,60
Address
Dellestraat 20
3560 Lummen

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Yves De Vos (Mr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI GENOVA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 104 270,10
Address
Via Balbi 5
16126 Genova

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Marco Del Borghi (Prof.)