Robust Advanced Materials for Metal Supported SOFC

RAMSES
Project Information
Framework Programme: 
FP7
Call for proposals: 
2009
Application area: 
Stationary power production and CHP
Logo: 

The RAMSES project aims at developing an innovative high performance, robust, durable and cost-effective Solid Oxide Fuel Cell based on the Metal Supported Cell concept, i.e. the deposition of thin ceramic electrodes and electrolyte on a porous metallic substrate.

The objective is to develop a SOFC cell with an improved lifetime thanks to the low operating temperature (600°C) while achieving high performances by applying advanced low-temperature electrodes and electrolyte materials. The Metal Supported Cell concept (MSC) will in addition reduce statistically based mechanical failures, since this type of cell is intrinsically more mechanically robust, and decrease manufacturing cost by decreasing the amount of expensive ceramic materials to minimum. Cost reduction of Balance-of-Plant components will also be achieved because of the lower operating temperature (e.g. insulation, heat exchangers and recycle blowers).

Both planar and tubular cells will be developed. By considering advanced materials tailored for this cell design, such cells will be able to operate at 600°C on methane steam reforming, with an ASR of 0.8Ohm.cm² for planar cells and 1.0 Ohm.cm² for tubular cells and a degradation rate of 30 mOhm.cm²/khr. In addition, it will be able to withstand thermal/redox combined cycles. The achievement of such performance needs several key developments to be addressed: first the manufacturing of a durable metallic substrate; second the deposition of the ceramic layers without affecting the substrate microstructure, with a special emphasis on the dense electrolyte deposition. Finally the proof-of-concept will be demonstrated via the integration of the cells into a short stack, which is supported by inspection techniques to evaluate the good quality of components at each step of the process; and by testing activities to determine the performance and durability of cells and stacks, and to investigate specific identified failure mechanisms.

Project details
Project reference: 
256768
Topic: 
Topic SP1-JTI-FCH.2009.3.2: Material development for cells, stacks and balance of plant (BoP)
Project type: 
Research and technological development
Contract type: 
Collaborative Project
Start date: 
Saturday, January 1, 2011
End date: 
Saturday, May 31, 2014
Duration: 
36 months (originally), extended to 41 months
Project cost: 
€ 4,712,209.45
Project funding: 
€ 2,140,333.81
Coordinator: 

Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives (CEA), France

Contact: 
Mrs Julie MOUGIN
Contact email: 
Other participating organisations: 

SOFCpower S.r.l.

SP

Italy

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique

CNRS-BX

France

Höganäs AB

HÖGANÄS

Sweden

Baikowski

BAIKOWSKI

France

AEA S.r.l

AEA

Italy

Stiftelsen SINTEF

SINTEF

Norway

Ikerlan S. Coop.

IKL

Spain

Copreci S. Coop.

COPRECI

Spain

National Research Council Canada

NRC

Canada

 

Patents and Publications
Patents: 
ITBO2014A000267, AEA - Loccioni, "Method for size control and surface inspection of a fuel cell, and corresponding control apparatus"
ITVR20130200, SOFCPower SPA, "Method for depositing a layer of material on a metallic support for fuel cells or electrolysis cells"
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