Stationary Power Production and Combined Heat and Power

TOWERPOWER

Key Objectives of the project TOWERPOWER is based upon the development of  an innovative low-cost, fuel cell based power generator system (called a PowerCubeTM), incorporating 10 years of  development experience, together with the relevant refueling capability (using ammonia as the primary fuel) to cost-effectively replace diesel generators to power mobile telecommunications towers (cell-phone towers) in developing countries and regions without a reliable electrical grid.   The key objectives of the project are to demonstrate:  Systems with sufficient power...

SOFCOM

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Key Objectives of the project The proposal is an applied research project devoted to demonstrate the technical feasibility, the efficiency and environmental advantages of CCHP (a three product plant based on cogeneration of cooling, heat and power) based on SOFC (solid oxide fuel cell technology) fed by different typologies of biogenous primary fuels (biogas and bio-syngas, locally produced), also integrated by a process for the CO2 separation from the exhaust gases. The activity will be devoted to the scientific improvement of SOFC fed by biofuels, but especially to the technical and...

ReforCELL

Key Objectives of the project REforCELL aims at developing a high efficient PEM fuel cell micro Combined Heat and Power cogeneration system based on a novel, more efficient and cheaper hydrogen reformer together to the new design of the subcomponent for the Balance of Plant (BoP). The main focus of REforCELL is to develop a new multi-fuel membrane reformer for pure hydrogen production (5 Nm3/h) based on Catalytic Membrane Reactors in order to intensify the process of hydrogen production through the integration of reforming and purification in one single unit. The novel reactor will be...

Asterix3

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...

GENIUS

The state of health of any SOFC system is currently difficult to evaluate, which makes it difficult to respond to a fault or degradation with appropriate counter measure, to ensure the required reliability level. The GENIUS project aims to develop a “GENERIC” tool that would only use process values (normal measurements and system control input parameters) and that would be based on a validated diagnostic algorithm. Such an algorithm would use a “GENERIC” approach so that all SOFC developers could use and implement it in their respective systems according to their...

DeSIgn

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DESIGN adresses the detection of slow and hidden phenomena that nevertheless have strong and detrimental long-term effects on the performance and durability of the SOFC stack. The project proposes to study the influence of slowly-damaging conditions on measures performed on the stack sub-components: the Cells and the Single Repeating Units (SRU) and on small stacks. Identification of characteristic signatures of these degradation phenomena at the lower level will be subsequently transposed at the stack level, to provide a way to diagnose slow degradation phenomena in a commercial SOFC stack,...

D-CODE

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The D-CODE project aims to develop and implement on-line electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) to have direct and meaningful information on the system status. EIS has been proven to be an effective diagnostic tool for laboratory tests. It will be implemented on-board thanks to a new DC/DC converter conceived by the D-CODE’s partners. The new hardware will be developed together with dedicated power electronics functions that will enable the measurement of the impedance spectrum. Dedicated on-line diagnosis algorithms will be implemented according to different approaches to...

SCOTAS-SOFC

The project will demonstrate a new full ceramic SOFC cell with superior robustness as regards to sulphur tolerance, carbon deposition (coking) and re-oxidation (redox resistance). Such a cell mitigates three major failure mechanisms which today have to be addressed at the system level. Having a more robust cell will thus enable the system to be simplified, something of particular importance for small systems, e.g. for combined heat and power (CHP). The new ceramic based cell will be produced by integrating a new, very promising class of materials, namely strontium titanates, into existing,...

CATION

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...

STAYERS

Economical use of PEM fuel cell power for stationary applications demands a lifetime of the fuel cells of at least 5 years, or more than 40,000 hours of continuous operation. The prospect of large scale application for automotive use has focused PEM research on low cost production techniques with practical lifetimes of the fuel cells of 5,000 hours. For the stationary use, especially in the chemical industry and in remote areas, robustness, reliability, and longevity are often more important than the cost of the initial investment. For stationary generators the yearly cost of maintenance and...

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