ASsessment of SOFC CHP systems build on the TEchnology of htceRamIX 3
The Asterix project consortium was initiated as a privately financed initiative in 2005 between EIFER/EDF, Dantherm, Danfoss and HTceramix. The objective of the collaboration was to evaluate HTceramix’s SOFC technology in perspective of development of a residential micro-CHP application with a strong and well defined market focus.
The project has achieved its goals in providing a serious evaluation of the feasibility of fuel cell based micro CHP. The viability of the technology has been validated and a proof of concept, for most aspects of the system, has been developed and tested. The CHP market segment we are targeting, as well as the next steps towards a full Proof of Concept system has been clearly defined:
The main objectives of this project are:
• Improving lifetime, reliability and robustness of the overall system
• Improve component quality
• Increase robustness and tolerance to thermal cycling
• Develop and integrate fully automated control of the system
• Reduce cost and volume of the system
• Increase thermal and electrical efficiency
Achieving these objectives will enable us to demonstrate a residential CHP concept fulfilling market requirements, and we can start working on the next step towards commercialization; validation of fuel cell system readiness, field trials and preparation for scale production.
The Asterix consortium cover the entire value chain from R&D over stack core technology (HTceramics), systems integration (Dantherm) and heat management (Danfoss division now integrated in Dantherm Power ) to market access (via Eifer). Each partner brings a high level of expertise and specific competencies to the project.