Development and demonstration of manufacturing and operation
and efficient power generation based on Solid Oxide Fuel Cells
– with the participants Topsoe Fuel Cell, Wärtsilä and Haldor Topsøe –
was kicked off October 1, 2006. The full title of the project is “Development
and dEmonstration of Manufacturing and Operation of
clean and efficient power generation based on Solid Oxide Fuel Cells”.
On September 30, 2010 the project was duly closed after a
total duration of 48 months. The
report of the project is available.
The project objectives are multiple:
Demonstrating semi-industrial manufacturing methods and
obtaining radical cost reduction of SOFC cells and stacks in a new
flexible, semi-industrial manufacturing facility.
Demonstrating the quality of the SOFC components through design,
construction and operation of a 50 kWe SOFC power generating system
operating on bio fuel (methanol) as well as natural gas.
Making SOFC cells and stacks available for the coming fuel cell test
and demonstration activities in EU.
Paving the way for cleaner and more efficient electricity generation
for the future.
Topsoe Fuel Cell is responsible for design and construction of the SOFC
cell and stack manufacturing facility, which will have a capacity of
150,000 – 200,000 cells and 2,000 stacks. Wärtsilä will build and run a
50 kWe SOFC demonstration unit based on cells and stacks from the new
manufacturing facility. Haldor Topsøe, the mother company of Topsoe Fuel
Cell, will act as project administrator.
The overall budget is EUR 13.4 million of which EUR 4.8 million has been
granted by the
EU LIFE Environment programme.