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DOLORES

Degradation of Lifetime of fuel cell Resistance by Electrochemical impedance Spectroscopy

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Coordinator
THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD 

Organization address
address: FIRTH COURT WESTERN BANK
city: SHEFFIELD
postcode: S10 2TN
website: www.shef.ac.uk

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website http://fmd-shef.blogspot.com/
 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-2015
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-10-03   to  2018-10-02

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1    THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD UK (SHEFFIELD) coordinator 183˙454.00

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 Project objective

Solid Oxide Cells (SOCs) should form an important part of any future energy mix, due to their flexible operation and scalability. One barrier to their wider adoption is the degradation of SOC components and operational lifetimes need to increase by a factor of up to 10 to make them commercially viable. Degradation of the fuel electrode (anode) is well documented and fairly well understood; degradation at the oxygen electrode (cathode) has only recently attracted more scientific research and is far less understood. The purpose of this Fellowship is to better understand the degradation that takes place at the Yttria-Stabilised Zirconia (YSZ) electrolyte and La0.8Sr0.2Mn03 (LSM) cathode interface, as this has been cited as ‘one of the most serious degradation problems in Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs)’. A new degradation mechanism involving YSZ has very recently been identified at the host institution and its investigation forms the basis of this application. Assuming that a solution to this degradation can be proposed, the project will have major impacts on the SOFC community and commercial SOFC development. The Fellow, Dr Vendrell, will be supervised by a multi-disciplinary team of experienced researchers, who between them can guide and tutor him in areas relevant to this project: ie materials synthesis and fabrication; electrical property measurements; microstructural characterisation; fabrication of YSZ films using tape casting technology; spectroscopic characterisation and modelling of materials; in operando and ex-situ analysis of degradation in working SOFCs. The Fellow will build on his previous experience in the area of lead-free ferroelectrics to develop in-depth understanding of the electrical properties of YSZ electrolyte, and be trained in state-of-the-art SOC methodology. He will be incorporated into the UK-wide fuel cell community and develop technical and transferable skills via a carefully-planned and documented training plan.

 Publications

year authors and title journal last update
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2018 Xavier Vendrell, Anthony R. West
Electrical Properties of Yttria-Stabilized Zirconia, YSZ Single Crystal: Local AC and Long Range DC Conduction
published pages: F966-F975, ISSN: 0013-4651, DOI: 10.1149/2.0881811jes
Journal of The Electrochemical Society 165/11 2019-05-09

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