New all-European high-performance stack: design for mass production

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Project Information
Framework Programme: 
FP7
Call for proposals: 
2013
Application area: 
Stationary power production and CHP
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This project combines European know-how in single cells, coatings, sealing, and stack design to produce a novel 1 kW SOFC stack of unprecedented performance, together with the proof of concept of a 10 kWe SOFC stack. Improvements over the state of the art in cost, performance, efficiency, and reliability will be proven, covering all top-level objectives mentioned in the topic. The stacks will be developed according to system integrators’ requirements guided by an industrial steering group. The target application of the development is stationary and residential combined heat and power production based on natural gas, and will form the basis for Elcogen Oy’s commercial SOFC stack technology. All manufacturing methods, stack designs, and materials are chosen so that they are suitable for mass production and enable 1000 €/kW profitable stack price, which is a significant improvement to current state of the art. These methods, designs, and materials have been demonstrated successfully in small-scale and require the scale-up to suit manufacturing of 10 kWe SOFC stacks. For example, high performance of Elcogen cells and short stacks were already demonstrated with 100x100 mm2 cell size, but in this project cells and stack will be further improved and scaled up to larger 120x120 mm2 size. The project is based on the products of industrial partners and motivated by their interest to consolidate an optimized supply-chain and subsequently commercialize a high-performance product at very sharp prices. To this effect, the activity will pay great attention to designing the stack for mass production processes. One industrial partner is involved for each key function: Elcogen AS (cells), Elcogen Oy (stack assembly and production), Sandvik (interconnects and coatings), and Flexitallic Ltd (sealing). Selected research institutions complete the partnership to focus the development process towards a reliable product.

Project details
Project reference: 
621227
Topic: 
SP1-JTI-FCH.2013.3.2: Improved cell and stack design and manufacturability for application-specific requirements for Stationary Fuel Cell power and CHP systems
Project type: 
Research and technological development
Contract type: 
Collaborative Project
Start date: 
Thursday, May 1, 2014
End date: 
Sunday, April 30, 2017
Duration: 
36 months
Project cost: 
€ 2,858,447.20
Project funding: 
€ 1,633,895.00
Coordinator: 

AGENZIA NAZIONALE PER LE NUOVE TECNOLOGIE, L'ENERGIA E LO SVILUPPO ECONOMICO SOSTENIBILE (ENEA), Italy

Contact: 
Dr. Stephen J. Mcphail
Other participating organisations: 
Organisation Country
AKTSIASELTS ELCOGEN EE
Elcogen OY FI
TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT FI
FLEXITALLIC LTD UK
BORIT NV BE
SANDVIK MATERIALS TECHNOLOGY AB SE
CLAUSTHALER UMWELTTECHNIK INSTITUT GMBH DE
Patents and Publications
Patents: 
EP3087632A1; Elcogen Oy; METHOD AND ARRANGEMENT FOR DISTRIBUTING REACTANTS INTO A FUEL CELL OR INTO AN ELECTROLYZER CELL
EP3103153A1; Elcogen Oy; ASSEMBLY METHOD AND ARRANGEMENT FOR A CELL SYSTEM
EP3123552A1; Elcogen Oy; CONTACTING METHOD AND ARRANGEMENT FOR FUEL CELL OR ELECTROLYZER CELL STACK
EP3170219A1; Elcogen Oy; SEALING ARRANGEMENT AND METHOD OF SOLID OXIDE CELL STACKS
JP2017501545A; Elcogen Oy; METHOD AND ARRANGEMENT FOR DISTRIBUTING REACTANTS INTO A FUEL CELL OR INTO AN ELECTROLYZER CELL
JP2017512357A; Elcogen Oy; ASSEMBLY METHOD AND ARRANGEMENT FOR A CELL SYSTEM
JP6075742B2; Elcogen Oy; METHOD AND ARRANGEMENT FOR DISTRIBUTING REACTANTS INTO A FUEL
KR20160120279A; Elcogen Oy; METHOD AND ARRANGEMENT FOR DISTRIBUTING REACTANTS INTO A FUEL
KR20160120301A; Elcogen Oy; ASSEMBLY METHOD AND ARRANGEMENT FOR A CELL SYSTEM
KR20160136409A; Elcogen Oy; CONTACTING METHOD AND ARRANGEMENT FOR FUEL CELL OR ELECTROLYZER CELL STACK
UK1614946; Flexitallic Ltd Thermiculite CL87
US2016308225A1; Elcogen Oy; METHOD AND ARRANGEMENT FOR DISTRIBUTING REACTANTS INTO A FUEL CELL OR INTO AN ELECTROLYZER CELL
US2016344057A1; Elcogen Oy; ASSEMBLY METHOD AND ARRANGEMENT FOR A CELL SYSTEM
US2017047606A1; ELCOGEN OY; CONTACTING METHOD AND ARRANGEMENT FOR FUEL CELL OR ELECTROLYZER CELL STACK
US2017125826A1; Elcogen Oy; SEALING ARRANGEMENT AND METHOD OF SOLID OXIDE CELL STACKS
WO2015097336A1; Elcogen Oy; METHOD AND ARRANGEMENT FOR DISTRIBUTING REACTANTS INTO A FUEL CELL OR INTO AN ELECTROLYZER CELL
WO2015097337A1; Elcogen Oy; FLOW METHOD AND ARRANGEMENT FOR FUEL CELL OR ELECTROLYZER CELL STACK
WO2015118208A1; Elcogen Oy; ASSEMBLY METHOD AND ARRANGEMENT FOR A CELL SYSTEM
WO2015144970A1; Elcogen Oy; CONTACTING METHOD AND ARRANGEMENT FOR FUEL CELL OR ELECTROLYZER CELL STACK
WO2016009105A1; ELCOGEN OY;SEALING ARRANGEMENT AND METHOD OF SOLID OXIDE CELL STACKS
Publications: 
Davide Pumiglia, Simone Vaccaro, Andrea Masi, Stephen J. McPhail, Mauro Falconieri, Serena Gagliardi, Livia della Seta, Maurizio Carlini; Aggravated test of IT-SOFC fed with tar-contaminated syngas
Markus Rautanen, , Valtteri Pulkkinen, Johan Tallgren, Olli Himanen, Jari Kiviaho; Effects of the first heat up procedure on mechanical properties of solid oxide fuel cell sealing materials
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