Evolved materials and innovative design for high-performance, durable and reliable SOFC cell and stack

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Call for proposals: 
Application area: 
Stationary power production and CHP
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Evolve focuses on an innovative concept for SOFC, particularly for the anode compartment, enable cell operation at reduced temperature of 750 °C. Targeting the full removal and or replacement of Nickel as electrocatalysts at the anode side by electronic conducting ceramic oxides,this concept is expected to enhance the durability and reliability of SOFC while exhibiting performance level comparable to main-stream anode-supported cells. It is thus targeted:
-to reduce the amount of Nickel in the current collector
-to replace Nickel within the Anode Functional Layer by the a composite LST-CGO modified by catalysts: Co/Fe-Pd or alternatively Rh-CGO and Ru-CGO.
The main objectives of EVOLVE are:
- the demonstration at the stack level of a SOFC implementing an innovative substrate resilient toward redox cycles with higher durability than mainstreams Metal Supported Cells implementing porous ferritic stainless steel substrates and cyclability than mainstreams anode supported cells implementing the Ni based cermet.
- the identification of innovative combinations of advanced materials with reduced amount of nickel, showing improved tolerance against Sulfur poisoning compared to mainstreams nickel based cermet Anode and higher resilience against redox cycles.

Project reference: 
SP1-JTI-FCH.2011.3.1: Next generation stack and cell design
Project type: 
Research and technological development
Contract type: 
Collaborative Project
Start date: 
Thursday, November 1, 2012
End date: 
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
48 months (originally), extended to 51 months
Project cost: 
€ 5,805,373.80
Project funding: 
€ 3,105,093

Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V., Germany

Dr. Rémi Costa
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Other participating organisations: 
Organisation Country
Alantum Europe GmbH Germany
Associations pour la recherche et le développement des méthodes et processus industriels (ARMINES) France
Ceramic Powder Technology A.S. Norway
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche Italy
Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble France
Saan Energi A.B. Sweden
Ceraco Ceramic Coating GmbH Germany