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Solid Oxide Fuel Cells: Integrating Degradation Effects into Lifetime Prediction Models

Project Reference: 256885
Activity Code:
Coordinator:Forschungszentrum Jülich


Long-term stable operation of Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC) is a basic requirement for introducing this technology to the stationary power market. Degradation phenomena limiting the lifetime can be divided into continuous (baseline) and incidental (transient) effects.
This project is concerned with understanding the details of the major SOFC continuous degradation effects and developing models that will predict single degradation phenomena and their combined effect on SOFC cells and single repeating units. The outcome of the project will be an in-depth understanding of the degradation phenomena as a function of the basic physico-chemical processes involved, including their dependency on operational parameters. Up to now research has rarely succeeded in linking the basic changes in materials properties to the decrease in electro-chemical performance at the level of multi-layer systems and SOFC cells, and even up to single repeating units.

Project Details:

Start Date: 2011-01-01
End Date: 2013-12-31
EU Contribution: EUR 2 418 620
Total Costs: EUR 5 649 854
Programme Acronym: FP7-JTI
Subprogramme Area: SP1-JTI-FCH.2009.3.3
Funding Scheme:
Joint Technology Initiatives - Collaborative Project (FCH)
Administrative Contact Person: Anne BOSCH (Ms.)


  • Imperial College Of Science, Technology And Medicine, United Kingdom
  • Ecole Polytechnique Federale De Lausanne, Suisse
  • Topsoe Fuel Cell A/S, Danmark
  • Electricite De France S.A., France
  • Hexis Ag, Suisse
  • Eidgenoessische Materialpruefungs- Und Forschungsanstalt, Suisse
  • Teknologian Tutkimuskeskus Vtt, Finland
  • Danmarks Tekniske Universitet, Danmark
  • Htceramix Sa, Suisse
  • Commissariat A L Energie Atomique Et Aux Energies Alternatives, France
  • Institute Of High Temperature Electrochemistry, Russian Federation
  • Zurcher Hochschule Fur Angewandte Wissenschaften, Suisse