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Augmented Lifetime of Infiltrated Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

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Project "ALifeInSOFCs" data sheet

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Organization address
city: LONDON
postcode: SW7 2AZ

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website
 Total cost 183˙454 €
 EC max contribution 183˙454 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2014
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-09-01   to  2017-08-31


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 Project objective

Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) are one of the most promising technologies to produce electricity in a clean and efficient way. However, their practical application is still limited by detrimental degradation during operation as a consequence of convoluted chemical, mechanical and microstructural deterioration processes, occurring especially at the anode when hydrocarbon fuels are used. This project aims to assess the electrode microstructural degradation through a combined experimental/modelling approach consisting of accelerated ageing tests, impedance spectroscopy analysis, tomographic reconstruction of samples, particle-based algorithms and electrochemical model simulations. Infiltrated cermet anodes are considered in the study, due to their well-defined microstructure that allows them to be, at the same time, a good model platform to assess the microstructural evolution and a high performing alternative for SOFC applications. The synergic integration of experimental activities, microstructural characterization and model simulations is expected to identify and quantify the underlying mechanisms of microstructural degradation (e.g., particle coarsening and agglomeration) and to suggest strategies to enhance the durability of infiltrated electrodes (for example, by adding a controlled amount of ceramic nanoparticles to limit the coarsening of metallic particles within the electrode). The project, combining the researcher's expertise in microstructural and electrochemical modelling with the competences in testing and tomographic characterization at the host institution, is expected to be a pillar in the researcher's academic career while significantly contributing to boost the European excellence in a cutting-edge and multidisciplinary topic such as the fabrication and characterization of efficient and durable solid oxide fuel cells.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2016 S.J. Cooper, A. Bertei, P.R. Shearing, J.A. Kilner, N.P. Brandon
TauFactor: An open-source application for calculating tortuosity factors from tomographic data
published pages: 203-210, ISSN: 2352-7110, DOI: 10.1016/j.softx.2016.09.002
SoftwareX 5 2019-07-23
2016 A. Bertei, F. Tariq, V. Yufit, E. Ruiz-Trejo, N. P. Brandon
Guidelines for the Rational Design and Engineering of 3D Manufactured Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Composite Electrodes
published pages: F89-F98, ISSN: 0013-4651, DOI: 10.1149/2.0501702jes
Journal of The Electrochemical Society 164/2 2019-07-23
2017 Xuekun Lu, Benhard Tjaden, Antonio Bertei, Tao Li, Kang Li, Dan Brett, Paul Shearing
3D Characterization of Diffusivities and Its Impact on Mass Flux and Concentration Overpotential in SOFC Anode
published pages: F188-F195, ISSN: 0013-4651, DOI: 10.1149/2.0111704jes
Journal of The Electrochemical Society 164/4 2019-07-23
2017 Jingyi Chen, Antonio Bertei, Enrique Ruiz-Trejo, Alan Atkinson, Nigel P. Brandon
Characterization of Degradation in Nickel Impregnated Scandia-Stabilize Zirconia Electrodes during Isothermal Annealing
published pages: F935-F943, ISSN: 0013-4651, DOI: 10.1149/2.0821709jes
Journal of The Electrochemical Society 164/9 2019-07-23
2017 A. Bertei, E. Ruiz-Trejo, K. Kareh, V. Yufit, X. Wang, F. Tariq, N.P. Brandon
The fractal nature of the three-phase boundary: A heuristic approach to the degradation of nanostructured solid oxide fuel cell anodes
published pages: 526-536, ISSN: 2211-2855, DOI: 10.1016/j.nanoen.2017.06.028
Nano Energy 38 2019-07-23
2016 A. Bertei, E. Ruiz-Trejo, F. Tariq, V. Yufit, A. Atkinson, N.P. Brandon
Validation of a physically-based solid oxide fuel cell anode model combining 3D tomography and impedance spectroscopy
published pages: 22381-22393, ISSN: 0360-3199, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijhydene.2016.09.100
International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 41/47 2019-07-23
2017 E Ruiz-Trejo, A. Bertei, A. Maserati, P. Boldrin, N. P. Brandon
Oxygen Reduction, Transport and Separation in Low Silver Content Scandia-Stabilized Zirconia Composites
published pages: F3045-F3054, ISSN: 0013-4651, DOI: 10.1149/2.0081710jes
Journal of The Electrochemical Society 164/10 2019-07-23
2017 Samuel J. Cooper, Antonio Bertei, Donal P. Finegan, Nigel P. Brandon
Simulated impedance of diffusion in porous media
published pages: , ISSN: 0013-4686, DOI: 10.1016/j.electacta.2017.07.152
Electrochimica Acta 2019-07-23

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