BALANCE project: RSOC technology to interconnect power grids and fuel infrastructure

Olivier Thomann

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    The H2020 BALANCE project focuses on the development of reversible Solid Oxide Cells (rSOC) that are both capable of fuel cell and electrolysis operation. For that reason, rSOC technology is expected to play an important role in the integration of intermittent renewable electricity by storing the excess production and by converting the synthetic fuel back into power when it is needed. Research activities of the BALANCE project target the improvement of cell performance, finding suitable low-cost steel alloy for interconnect applications, stack design and prototyping and demonstration at system level. In addition, techno-economic analysis is being carried out to evaluate the benefits of rSOC technology in combination with synthesis step for the production of non-fossil fuels or chemicals. Lastly, BALANCE is surveying and analyzing the research effort in Europe and will publish a roadmap supporting the development and deployment of the rSOC technology. The paper here describes the different project activities and its expected outcomes.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationEuropean Fuel Cell Proceedings of the 7th European Fuel Cell Piero Lunghi Conference
    ISBN (Print)978-88-8286-356-2
    Publication statusPublished - 2017
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    Event17th European Fuel Cell Conference & Exhibition - Naples, Italy
    Duration: 12 Dec 201715 Dec 2017


    Conference17th European Fuel Cell Conference & Exhibition
    Abbreviated titleEFC17
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