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Automated mass-manufacturing and quality assurance of Solid Oxide Fuel Cell stacks

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EC-Contrib. €






Project "qSOFC" data sheet

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Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy 

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city: Espoo
postcode: 2150

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 Coordinator Country Finland [FI]
 Project website
 Total cost 2˙110˙015 €
 EC max contribution 2˙110˙015 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU. (Increase the electrical efficiency and the durability of the different fuel cells used for power production to levels which can compete with conventional technologies, while reducing costs)
 Code Call H2020-JTI-FCH-2016-1
 Funding Scheme FCH2-RIA
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-02-01   to  2020-04-30


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy FI (Espoo) coordinator 549˙817.00
2    ELRINGKLINGER AG DE (DETTINGEN AN DER ERMS) participant 431˙877.00
3    ELCOGEN OY FI (VANTAA) participant 275˙750.00
5    HAIKU TECH EUROPE BV NL (MAASTRICHT) participant 204˙925.00
6    AKTSIASELTS ELCOGEN EE (TALLIN) participant 200˙750.00
8    MUKO MASCHINENBAU GMBH DE (WEINSTADT) participant 100˙000.00


 Project objective

qSOFC project combines leading European companies and research centres in stack manufacturing value-chain with two companies specialized in production automation and quality assurance to optimize the current stack manufacturing processes for mass production. Currently the state-of-the-art SOFC system capital expenditure (capex) is 7000…8000 €/kW of which stack is the single most expensive component. This proposal focuses on SOFC stack cost reduction and quality improvement by replacing manual labour in all key parts of the stack manufacturing process with automated manufacturing and quality control. This will lead to stack cost of 1000 €/kW and create a further cost reduction potential down to 500 €/kW at mass production (2000 MW/year).

During the qSOFC project, key steps in cell and interconnect manufacturing and quality assurance will be optimized to enable mass-manufacturing. This will include development and validation of high-speed cell-manufacturing process, automated 3D machine vision inspection method to detect defects in cell manufacturing and automated leak-tightness detection of laser-welded/brazed interconnect-assemblies.

The project is based on the products of its' industrial partners in stack-manufacturing value-chain (ElringKlinger, Elcogen AS, Elcogen Oy, Sandvik) and motivated by their interest to further ready their products into mass-manufacturing market. Two companies specialized in production automation and quality control (Müko, HaikuTech) provide their expertise to the project. The two research centres (VTT, ENEA) support these companies with their scientific background and validate the produced cells, interconnects and stacks.

Effective exploitation and dissemination of resulting improved products, services, and know-how is a natural purpose of each partner and these actions are boosted by this project. This makes project results available also for other parties and increases competitiveness of the European fuel cell industry.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Markus Rautanen, Olli Himanen, Jyrki Mikkola, Johan Tallgren, Enn Õunpuu, Sergii Pylypko, Matti Noponen, Paul Hallanoro, Jukka Göös, Anton Litke, Roderik Höppener, Simon Hailer, Uwe Maier, Robert Berger, Stephen McPhail, Lars Steckkönig
Mass-manufacturing and quality assurance of SOFC stacks in FCH JU projects qSOFC and INNO-SOFC
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European SOE&SOFC Forum 2020-01-27
2018 Anton Litke, Petrus Martens, Ronald van Olmen, Greg Norsworthy, Roderik Höppener
Artificial intelligence for automatic optical inspection of multilayered solid oxide membranes
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European SOE & SOFC Forum 2020-01-27
2018 Carlos Bernuy-Lopez, Robert Berger, Jörgen Westlinder
Long term stability of a Mn-rich precoated AISI 441 for Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Interconnects at 650 °C in air
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European SOE & SOFC Forum 2020-01-27
2007 Stephen J. McPhail, Anton Litke, Roderik Höppener, Markus Rautanen, Sergii Pylypko, Enn Õunpuu, Andreas Weiß, Matti Noponen, Robert Berger, Sven Aheimer
Quality assurance in SOFC manufacturing – the qSOFC project
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European Fuel Cell Technology & Applications Piero Lunghi Conference Naples, December 12-15, 2017 PROCEEDINGS EFC17 / 411 2020-01-27
2018 Carlos Bernuy-Lopez, Robert Berger, Mikael Stenström, Jörgen Westlinder
Sandvik surface technology: a solution for mass production of fuel cells
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International Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Conference 2020-01-27

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