The project (TriSOFC) aims to develop and evaluate the performance of the first-of-its-kind LT-SOFC tri-generation system for low carbon buildings. The system is based on the integration of LT-SOFC stack and a novel liquid desiccant unit.
A 1.5kW low-cost durable LT-SOFC tri-generation prototype system will be designed optimised, constructed and tested. The tri-generation system incorporates additional components including a fuel processor, to generate reformate gas if natural-gas used as fuel, and equipment for the electrical, mechanical and control balance of plant (BoP). With high efficiency, low-cost and long–term duration in mind, all these components will be first tested in the laboratory for further optimisation and miniaturisation. The performance of the tri-generation system will be tested using the Creative Energy Homes (low/zero carbon homes) at the University of Nottingham, UK.
The tri-generation system will be used primarily in the low carbon homes/buildings. The system will be tested using natural-gas but it could be modified for use with other clean/renewable energy fuels (e.g. alcohol, biomass liquid fuel and biodiesel).
The system has the potential to reduce CO2 emission by 70% compared to a traditional energy production system comprising of separate condensate power plant, boiler and compressor-driven cooling units. The successful development of the proposed project will promote LT-SOFC applications for provision of power, heat and cooling. The commercialisation of the system will bring economic and environmental benefits to the EU.
SP1-JTI-FCH.2011.3.4 Proof-of-concept fuel cell systems
The University of Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham, UK
Prof Saffa Riffat
Other participating organisations:
|Kungliga Tekniska Hoegskolan (KTH)||Sweden|
|The University of Birmingham (UBHAM)||UK|
|Instituto de Engenharia Mecanica (IDMEC)||Portugal|
|INEGI - INSTITUTO DE CIENCIA E INOVACAO EM ENGENHARIA MECANICA E ENGENHARIA INDUSTRIAL (INEGI)||PORTUGAL|
|Vestel Savunma Sanayi AS (VSS)||Turkey|
|Przedsiebiorstwo Innowacy Jno-wdrozeniowe Complex SP Zoo (COMPLEX)||Poland|
|Swerea IVF AB (IVF)||Sweden|
- Project duration
- 1 Aug 2012 - 31 Jul 2015
- Project locations
- NOTTINGHAM, NG7 2RD, United Kingdom
- Overall budget
- €2 727 220
- EU contribution
- €1 481 39054.3% of the overall budget
- Project website