Solid oxide cell and stack testing, safety and quality assurance (SOCTESQA)
Nielsen, Eva Ravn
McPhail, Stephen J.
Chan, Siew Hwa
Date of Issue2015
Energy Research Institute @NTU
In the EU-funded project “SOCTESQA”, partners from Europe and Singapore are working together to develop uniform and industry wide test procedures and protocols for solid oxide cells and stacks (SOC) cell/stack assembly. New application fields which are based on the operation of the SOC cell/stack assembly in the fuel cell (SOFC), in the electrolysis (SOEC) and in the combined SOFC/SOEC mode are addressed. This covers the wide field of power generation systems, e.g. stationary SOFC μ-CHP, mobile SOFC APU and SOFC/SOEC power-to-gas systems. This paper presents the results which have been achieved so far. Besides a summary of existing test procedures, a so called “test matrix” was created. This document includes generic test modules, e.g. current-voltage curves, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, thermal cycling, electrical current cycling and long-term tests both under steady-state and dynamic operating conditions. The application specific test programs are created by combining several of these test modules.
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