Skip to main content
x


Hydrogen Europe:
European Hydrogen & Fuel cell Project Database

Project Cell3Ditor

Project subtitle

Cost-effective and flexible 3D printed SOFC stacks for commercial applications

A Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) is a ceramic-based multilayer device that involves expensive and time-consuming multi-step manufacturing processes including tape casting, screen printing, firing, shaping and several high-temperature thermal treatments. In addition, these cells are manually assembled into stacks resulting in extra steps for joining and sealing that difficult the standardization and quality control of the final product while introducing weak parts likely to fail. Since current ceramics processing presents strong limitations in shape and extremely complex design for manufacturing (more than 100 steps), industrially fabricated SOFC cells and stacks are expensive and present low flexibility and long time to market. This is particularly relevant for the commercial segment of the stationary fuel cells market (5-400kW) that is highly heterogeneous in terms of the overall power and heat requirements and requires customization of the final product.The main goal of the Cell3Ditor project is to develop a 3D printing technology for the industrial production of SOFC stacks by covering research and innovation in all the stages of the industrial value chain (inks formulation, 3D printer development, ceramics consolidation and system integration). All-ceramic joint-free SOFC stacks with embedded fluidics and current collection will be fabricated in a two-step process (single-step printing and sintering) to reduce in energy, materials and assembly costs while simplifying the design for manufacturing and time to market. Compared to traditional ceramic processing, the Cell3Ditor manufacturing process presents a significantly shorter time to market (from years to months) and a cost reduction estimated in 63% with an initial investment below one third of an equivalent conventional manufacturing plant (production of 1000 units per year). The project is product-driven and involves SMEs (with proved technologies) in the entire value chain to ensure reaching TRL>6.

Project Information

Type of project : Research

Timing : 01/07/2016 > 31/12/2019

Project Budget : 2.191.133 €

Funding



Project partners

Coordinator :
IREC - Institut de Recerca en Energia de Catalunya

Partners :
DVGW - German Technical and Scientific Association for Gas and Water
HyGear Fuel Cell Systems B.V.

FRANCISCO ALBERO SA

3DCERAM

PROMETHEAN PARTICLES LTD

UNIVERSIDAD DE LA LAGUNA

SAAN ENERGI AB


Sub project(s)

1

Sub project 1

Country
Spain
Address

C/ JARDINS DE LES DONES DE NEGRE 1 08930 SANT ADRIA DE BESOS

Sub project categories
geo
41.4146661, 2.2207735

Project Id: 927

This project datasheet was last updated on : 20.12.2017

Modify this project datasheet

Contact us