Manufacturing success: cost down and quality up
Solid oxide cells (SOC) are galvanic devices which cover a vast number of potential applications in diverse fields: building heat and power, power generation, energy storage and transportation. Industrial manufacturing of SOC systems is a reality, but volumes are still low and costs are high: manual labour within the fabrication process, multiple sintering steps, high scrap rates.
Two FCH-JU funded projects tackle these subjects from a different perspective. The qSOFC project pursues enabling mass-manufacturing by automization of state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies and automated, in-line inspection methodologies for improving the reliability of stack fabrication. Cell3Ditor proposes a novel multi-material 3D printing technology which represents a disruptive innovation of the SOFC stack manufacturing paradigm.
Manufacturing is a key enabler in building up a sound European technology base for the energy transition, and multiple scientific fields are challenged in transferring concept to mass product. This workshop will cultivate common approaches through collaboration with the EERA Joint Programme for Nuclear Materials and the SPIRE Association, to assess the manufacturing processes of tomorrow for high-temperature materials. It will provide a platform where scientists, entrepreneurs, industry and policy makers can discuss advances and performance criteria as well as break-through approaches in high-temperature material manufacturing, inspection and quality assurance.
The workshop will take place 11 December 2019 at the Royal Continental Hotel in Naples, Italy, co-located with the 8th European Fuel Cell Conference.