An important task of the BALANCE project is the demonstration of the reversible Solid Oxide Cell technology at system level. This requires a high number of unit cells, which have been prepared in DTU unique manufacturing facilities. They are being shipped to CEA, who will assemble them into 2.5 kW stacks that will be used in VTT and CEA’s system platforms. These units cells are a key element to obtain high system performance and are the sums of years of research and development in materials science. One of the challenge is to make these unit cells gas tight using a brittle ceramic membrane, which is thinner than a human hair.
The third project meeting was held at the Technical University of Delft. The following day, a Symposium on rSOCs, energy storage and bi-directional power plant gathered international expert in the field and was used to disseminate BALANCE results. The BALANCE members will meet again face to face in June.
We are happy to announce that the Delft University of Technology, a member of the H2020 BALANCE project, is organising a symposium on reversible Solid Oxide Cells, bidirectional power plants & energy storage on 1st February 2018. This will be an excellent opportunity to learn about the potential of the rSOC technology, to network with experts in the field and to meet many members of the BALANCE project.
Please register on the symposium website:
The Month 6 project meeting took place at ENEA head quarter, in Rome, Italy. A good opportunity for the project members to meet many of the fuel cell team staff from ENEA. We discussed and planned interconnect and cell characterisation with lengthy discussion in order to have good comparability of the test performed at the different partner’s site. For the techno-economics analysis task, we discussed the opportunity to produce various fuels via electrolysis (or co-electrolysis) and upgrading in order to maximise value generation from the operation of reversible Solid Oxide Cells. DTU has produced and delivered the first cells that will be used as reference cell during the project.
The BALANCE partners met for the kick-off meeting in January at VTT premises in Finland. Now the project is in full swing with material exchange and definition of the test matrix. The next project meeting will take place at DTU in Denmark in June 2017.
The BALANCE project is started on 1st December 2016 for a duration of three years.