SOFC Auxiliary Power In Emissions/Noise Solutions

SAPIENS
Project Information
Framework Programme: 
FP7
Call for proposals: 
2011
Application area: 
Early markets
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Objectives

This project aims to design, optimise and build several 200W mSOFC stacks and to integrate them into hybrid power systems comprising of a fuel cell, a battery and appliances found in a recreational vehicle (RV). Additional components of the system are a gas processor to clean up the autogas propane fuel plus other equipment for electrical, mechanical and control balance of plant (BOP).

Impact

The expected impact of this project are as follows:

Create an innovative platform on noise reduction and emissions

Provide several fuel cells for testing optimization and proving

To test long term durability and cycling for obtaining approvals

To disseminate by getting real users to apply the new device and report results across Europe

The impact is expected to be substantial since the general public will be using these RVs.

Overview

The project is primarily aimed at the RV platform from Auto sleepers, an SME based in the

UK, but other applications such as boats, ambulances and environmental testing vehicles will also be studied.  Propane was chosen for the fuel because of its superior energy density compared to hydrogen and methanol and also because it is the generally preferred fuel for auxiliary systems on RVs, such as cookers, fridges and water heaters. Autogas propane is widely available at fueling stations throughout Europe. The SOFC was chosen because it can convert propane while also providing low noise, low emissions and heat for hot water supply.

Project details
Project reference: 
303415
Topic: 
SP1-JTI-FCH.2011.4.4: Research, development and demonstration of new portable Fuel Cell systems
Project type: 
Research and technological development
Contract type: 
Collaborative Project
Start date: 
Thursday, November 1, 2012
End date: 
Saturday, October 31, 2015
Duration: 
36 months
Project cost: 
€ 2,369,507.20
Project funding: 
€ 1,591,590
Coordinator: 

Adelan Ltd, UK

Contact: 
Dr Kevin KENDALL
Other participating organisations: 
AUTO-SLEEPERS GROUP LIMITED  UK
CENTER FOR ABRASIVES AND REFRACTORIES RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT - C.A.R.R.D.  Austria
CLAUSTHALER UMWELTTECHNIK INSTITUT GMBH  Germany
JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION  Netherlands
FUNDACIO INSTITUT DE RECERCA DE L'ENERGIA DE CATALUNYA  Spain
ZACHODNIOPOMORSKI UNIWERSYTET TECHNOLOGICZNY W SZCZECINIE  Polannd

 

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