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Breaking the temperature limits of Solid Oxide Fuel Cells: Towards a newfamily of ultra-thin portable power sources

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 Coordinator Country Spain [ES]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙841˙387 €
 EC max contribution 1˙841˙387 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2015-CoG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-04-01   to  2021-03-31


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 Project objective

Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs) are one of the most efficient and fuel flexible power generators. However, a great limitation on their applicability arises from temperature restrictions. Operation approaching room temperature (RT) is forbidden by the limited performance of known electrolytes and cathodes while typical high temperatures (HT) avoid their implementation in portable applications where quick start ups with low energy consumption are required.

The ULTRASOFC project aims breaking these historical limits by taking advantage of the tremendous opportunities arising from novel fields in the domain of the nanoscale (nanoionics or nano photochemistry) and recent advances in the marriage between micro and nanotechnologies. From the required interdisciplinary approach, the ULTRASOFC project addresses materials challenges to (i) reduce the operation to RT and (ii) technological gaps to develop ultra-low-thermal mass structures able to reach high T with extremely low consumption and immediate start up. A unique μSOFC technology fully integrated in ultrathin silicon will be developed to allow operation with hydrogen at room temperature and based on hydrocarbons at high temperature. Stacking these μSOFCs will bring a new family of ultrathin power sources able to provide 100 mW at RT and 5W at high T in a size of a one-cent coin. A stand-alone device fuelled with methane at HT will be fabricated in the size of a dice.

Apart from breaking the state-of-the-art of power portable generation, the ULTRASOFC project will cover the gap of knowledge existing for the migration of high T electrochemical devices to room temperature and MEMS to high T. Therefore, one should expect that ULTRASOFC will open up new horizons and opportunities for research in adjacent fields like electrochemical transducers or chemical sensors. Furthermore, new technological perspectives of integration of unconventional materials will allow exploring unknown devices and practical applications.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 F. Chiabrera, I. Garbayo, A. Tarancón
Nanoionics and interfaces for energy and information technologies
published pages: 409-439, ISSN: , DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-811166-6.00017-0
Metal Oxide-Based Thin Film Structures Formation, Characterization, and Application of Interface-Based Phenomena 2019-06-19
2017 Francesco Chiabrera, Iñigo Garbayo, Nerea Alayo, Albert Tarancón
Micro solid oxide fuel cells: a new generation of micro-power sources for portable applications
published pages: 102460S, ISSN: , DOI: 10.1117/12.2269454
Smart Sensors, Actuators, and MEMS VIII 2019-06-19
2017 F. Chiabrera, A. Morata, M. Pacios, A. Tarancón
Insights into the enhancement of oxygen mass transport properties of strontium-doped lanthanum manganite interface-dominated thin films
published pages: 70-77, ISSN: 0167-2738, DOI: 10.1016/j.ssi.2016.08.009
Solid State Ionics 299 2019-04-18
2019 Francesco Chiabrera, Iñigo Garbayo, Dolors Pla, Mónica Burriel, Fabrice Wilhelm, Andrei Rogalev, Marc Núñez, Alex Morata, Albert Tarancón
Unraveling bulk and grain boundary electrical properties in La 0.8 Sr 0.2 Mn 1−y O 3±δ thin films
published pages: 13205, ISSN: 2166-532X, DOI: 10.1063/1.5054576
APL Materials 7/1 2019-04-18
2019 Francesco Chiabrera, Iñigo Garbayo, Lluis López-Conesa, Gemma Martín, Alicia Ruiz-Caridad, Michael Walls, Luisa Ruiz-González, Apostolos Kordatos, Marc Núñez, Alex Morata, Sonia Estradé, Alexander Chroneos, Francesca Peiró, Albert Tarancón
Engineering Transport in Manganites by Tuning Local Nonstoichiometry in Grain Boundaries
published pages: 1805360, ISSN: 0935-9648, DOI: 10.1002/adma.201805360
Advanced Materials 31/4 2019-04-18
2019 Iñigo Garbayo, Federico Baiutti, Alex Morata, Albert Tarancón
Engineering mass transport properties in oxide ionic and mixed ionic-electronic thin film ceramic conductors for energy applications
published pages: 101-114, ISSN: 0955-2219, DOI: 10.1016/j.jeurceramsoc.2018.09.004
Journal of the European Ceramic Society 39/2-3 2019-04-18
2018 Aruppukottai M. Saranya, Alex Morata, Dolors Pla, Mónica Burriel, Francesco Chiabrera, Iñigo Garbayo, Aitor Hornés, John A. Kilner, Albert Tarancón
Unveiling the Outstanding Oxygen Mass Transport Properties of Mn-Rich Perovskites in Grain Boundary-Dominated La 0.8 Sr 0.2 (Mn 1– x Co x ) 0.85 O 3±δ Nanostructures
published pages: 5621-5629, ISSN: 0897-4756, DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.8b01771
Chemistry of Materials 30/16 2019-04-18

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