A list of our projects
As a technology-focused company, the research & development division plays a crucial role for the SOLIDpower Group. This is not merely for the purpose of ongoing improvement of our own products and technologies but in particular for driving innovation in the energy sector as well. This is why from the outset we have pursued a course of very close collaboration with a large number of research institutes, universities, energy suppliers and operators throughout the world.
We are proud to be one of the innovation pioneers in the sector and believe in the far-reaching potential of our technology. Through our involvement in numerous projects, where we share the experience and in-depth knowledge of our team, we investigate new fields of application and actively help to create the future of the energy sector.
Projects we are involved in:
SWITCH is an Horizon 2020 European Project that aims to design, build and test a novel system prototype for hydrogen production, based on solid oxide cell technology. The SWITCH system will be a stationary, modular and continuous multisource hydrogen production technology designed for hydrogen refuelling stations (HRS).
The core of the system will be a reversible Solid Oxide Cell (SOC) operating in two modes: Electrolysis Mode (SOE) and Fuel Cell Mode (SOFC). In electrolysis mode, the SWITCH systems uses renewable electricity, water and heat to produce green hydrogen. In fuel cell mode, the SWITCH systems uses natural gas or bio-methane to produce grey or green hydrogen, electricity and heat.
Maritime transport, including long-haul passenger ships, emits greenhouse gases and pollutants. To reduce these emissions and comply with the International Maritime Organisation's targets for 2030 and beyond, the EU-funded Nautilus project will develop an integrated marine energy system that will use liquefied natural gas. The project will build a pilot technology that will gradually replace the internal combustion engine-based generators with a solid oxide fuel cell-battery hybrid genset. What is more, Nautilus will work on a digital design and a demonstrator of an on-board energy system for vessels transporting thousands of passengers, which will be evaluated according to the marine safety regulations.
RoRePower project intends to develop and demonstrate solid oxide fuel cell systems for off-grid power generation such as powering gas and oil infrastructure in remote regions with harsh climate conditions (from -40 to +50°C) or continuous power supply of telecommunication towers especially in emerging countries.
The project brings together leading European SOFC technology companies such as Sunfire, Solidpower and New Enerday (Europe-based) and research centers in developing, manufacturing, and validating a robust SOFC system and key components for operation under harsh environmental conditions. The research centers support industrial partners in optimizing their products towards a joint target, which is a commercially successful SOFC based system and related value chain.
For the first time, the three manufactures will have a joint development of balance of plant (BOP) components. Within the project, 15-30 remote fuel cell systems will be installed in different countries at the sites of more than five different end-users.
WASTE2WATTS (W2W) will design and engineer an integrated biogas-Solid Oxide Fuel Cell combined heat and power system with minimal gas pre-processing, focusing on low-cost biogas pollutant removal and optimal thermal system integration. Eleven partners from 4 leading biogas countries join efforts to these objectives: 2 biogas cleaning SMEs, 3 SOFC manufacturing SMEs, a biogas expert SME and 5 leading research and education centres in SOFC characterisation and modelling, and in biogas use as a fuel.
PACE is an EU project that aims to advance commercialisation of fuel cell-based micro CHP systems on the European market. The project, which started in June 2016, involves installing a total of 2,650 new fuel cell systems at end consumers over the course of four years and analysing usage data. This will create an underlying basis of data to substantiate the benefits of widespread application of the technology and which can be used subsequently to gain further support in the public sector and among politicians.
As part of PACE, SOLIDpower will install a large number of BlueGEN systems in various European markets (Italy, Great Britain, Belgium and the Netherlands).
The ComSos (Commercial-scale SOFC systems) project aims at strengthening the European SOFC industry’s world-leading position for SOFC products in the range of 10-60 kW. Through this project, SOLIDpower and other manufacturers prepare for developing capacity for serial manufacturing, sales and marketing of medium-size Fuel Cell CHP products. All manufacturers will validate new product segments in collaboration with the respective customers and confirm product performance, the business case and size, and test in real life the distribution channel including maintenance and service.
The key objective of the ComSos project is to validate and demonstrate fuel cell based systems with power ranges of 10-12 kW, 20-25 kW, and 50-60 kW, thereby also giving proof of the superior advantages of such systems, underlying business models, and key benefits for the customer. Within the project, launched at the beginning of 2018 for a total duration of 42 months, SOLIDpower will supply 15 units of 12 kWe each.
CH2P aims at building a transition technology for early infrastructure deployment of Hydrogen refueling stations for the transport and mobility sectors. It uses widely available carbonlean natural gas (NG) or bio-methane to produce hydrogen and power with Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) technology. Similar to a combined heat and power system, the high-quality heat from the fuel cell is used to generate hydrogen. CH2P therefore generates hydrogen and electricity with high efficiencies (up to 90%) and a reduced environmental impact compared to conventional technologies. A dissemination campaign will use the project results to demonstrate the technical readiness of CH2P technology, while industrial partners are committed to enter the market after the project end, in 2020.
The CH2P project is excpected to contribute to lower carbon emissions for hydrogen as well as power generation and to lower the cost of hydrogen for mobility. Within the project, SOLIDpower is the technology manufacturer and will design and provide SOFC stacks as well as other components. The consortium partners include Shell, HyGear and others.
Hy4Heat is a study to establish if it’s technically possible and safe to replace natural gas with hydrogen in residential and commercial buildings and gas appliances. This will enable to government to determine whether to proceed to a community trial.
The EU has the long-term goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% to 95% compared to 1990 levels by 2050, mainly by introducing more shares of renewable energy sources in the EU energy systems. Solid oxide technologies (SOC: SOFC & SOE) are key enabling technologies for allowing for such integration. They are an efficient link between sectors: power, gas, heat. SOC can therefore emerge as key players in the energy transition in many concepts.
The project aims at significantly improving performance, durability, and cost competitiveness of solid oxide cells & stacks compared to state-of-the-art.
Climate change resulting from greenhouse gas emissions is a key environmental issue, carrying serious risks not only for the environment itself but for the entire economic system and people around the world.
For this reason, many countries have signed international agreements committing to reduce their emissions. In order to achieve this goal and accelerate the shift toward a low-carbon society, efforts are being made through technological innovation together with economic incentives.
Research plays a fundamental role, focusing on topics such as renewable energy sources, the circular economy and energy savings. In this context there is a growing interest in CCU (Carbon Capture and Utilisation) technologies, which are able to capture the CO2 produced by fuel combustion in industrial plants and convert it as a feedstock into chemicals and renewable fuels. This process has the potential to avoid the emission of vast amounts of CO2 and decrease dependence on fossil fuels. So far, these technologies have been tested at laboratory scale but still need to be integrated into industrial processes. Scaling up the technology could make a decisive contribution to the decarbonisation of industry, taking a major step forward in tackling climate change.
The objective of LOWCOST-IC is to contribute to the successful upscaling and widespread commercialization of Solid Oxide Cell (SOC) technology by:
- Increasing the robustness and lifetime of SOC stacks
- Minimizing the interconnect development and production costs
The overall objective of AD ASTRA is the development of Accelerated Stress Test (AST) protocols that allow quantitative identification and prediction of critical degradation mechanisms, correlating them with overall performance variables in selected solid oxide fuel cell/electrolyser (SOFC/SOEC, or SOC) stack components (fuel electrode, oxygen electrode and interconnect).
The aim of D2Service is to simplify the design of two different CHP systems available on the market and to standardise them with the goal of significantly reducing the costs and work effort for maintenance. EnGEN-2500 is one of the systems being examined here.
The goal of this project is to connect a large 3–10 kW fuel cell stack with a steam-driven anode gas circulation pump with very high efficiency. The project was launched in 2014 for a term of four years and is backed by the Swiss canton of Waadt with the “100 millions pour les énergies renouvelables et l’efficacité énergétique” (100 million for renewables and energy efficiency) project.
Waste2GridS (W2G) project is to identify the most promising industrial pathways of waste gasification and solid-oxide cell (SOC) integrated power-balancing plants (W2G plants in short). This project has received funding from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking under grant agreement No. 826161. The Joint Undertaking receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, Hydrogen Europe and Hydrogen Europe research.
Ene.field is the largest project for testing stationary fuel cell systems in Europe. As part of ene.field, SOLIDpower has installed 46 systems of the “EnGEN-2500” type at selected sites, from private residences to public buildings, together with our partners such as Dolomiti Energia in Northern Italy. The EnGEN-2500 is a stationary micro CHP system that is based on SOFC fuel cells with an electrical output of 2.5 kW and which is entirely developed and manufactured by SOLIDpower. It serves as a platform for reducing future costs in the field of mass production and for the development of systems in various power classes.
The goal of the ONSITE project is to develop a hybrid technology from SOFC stacks and ZEBRA batteries for supply solutions within the telecommunications branch. Above and beyond this, research is also being conducted into a combination of SOFC/ZEBRA systems with heat pumps in order to further increase overall efficiency and to expand them with cooling solutions. SOLIDpower is involved in the project as a manufacturer and supplier via its Swiss subsidiary HTceramix.
The goal of the ADEL project, which concluded in 2013, was to develop competitive, energy-efficient and sustainable production of hydrogen through renewable energy sources by means of intermediate temperature steam electrolysis (ITSE). This technology aims to maximise the service life of electrolysers and reduce the operating temperature while maintaining constant output. SOLIDpower is acting as the coordinator for the three-year project.
The SOPHIA project focuses on the development of a system for high-temperature steam electrolysis under pressure with an output of 3 kWel in combination with the concentrated solar energy source. Above and beyond this, it aims to demonstrate the concept of co-electrolysis on the level of the fuel cell stack under pressure conditions in order to prove that it is not only possible to convert energy without CO2 emissions but that CO2can also be recycled in order to produce syngas (H2+CO). In addition, SOPHIA will also identify various “power-to-gas” scenarios for developing a technical concept and adding value to end products. A technical and economic analysis will be conducted for the industrial application phase. SOLIDpower is supporting the project as a manufacturer and supplier of the SOFC technology.
The ECo project involves developing and validating a high-efficiency co-electrolysis process for converting excess electricity from renewable energy sources into useful, storable hydrocarbons using concurrent electrolysis of steam and CO2. In order to validate the results, a co-electrolysis system is tested under realistic conditions in order to ultimately demonstrate the viability of such a system. SOLIDpower is involved in the project as the supplier of the core technology, SOFC stacks, via its Swiss subsidiary HTceramix.
The INSIGHT project aims at developing a Monitoring, Diagnostic and Lifetime Tool (MDLT) for Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) stacks and the hardware necessary for its implementation into a real SOFC system. The effectiveness of the MDLT will be demonstrated through on-field tests on a real micro-Combined Heat and Power system, thus significantly advancing the Technology Readiness Level of these tools.
A specific low-cost hardware, consisting in a single board able to embed the MDLT will be developed and integrated into a commercial SOFC system. INSIGHT will then open the perspective to decrease the costs of service and SOFC stack replacement by 50%, which would correspond to a reduction of the Total Cost of Ownership by 10% / kWh.
INSIGHT is a cross multidisciplinary consortium gathering 11 organizations: in this partnership, SOLIDpower supplies the commercial SOFC system as well as SOFC stacks and the knowhow on the technology.