The proposed topic covers today’s challenges answering the demands for the development of solutions for accelerated decarbonization with increased efficiency applying innovative approaches by developing smart materials that overcome the existing degradation hurdles. Those materials will be integrated in the fuel electrode of SOC without changing the basic technological procedures which have reached a mature pre-commercial stage. They will be introduced as an anode coating with a promoting layer, which will be active towards catalytic conversion of the organic fuel without the need of water for the reforming process in the case of SOFC and active towards the conversion of H2 and CO to chemicals (methane) at intermediate temperatures in SOEL mode, thus ensuring carbon-neutral energy cycle. In addition the promoting layer will be more tolerant to sulphur contaminants and thermal cycles. The selected approach includes combination of bi- and tri- metallic alloys (Sn, Zn, Mo, Ti, Cu, Fe, Co) with doped ceria (cermets) and Ni modifying double-perovskite (Sr1.5La0.5FeMoO6 – LSFM) in order to improve the conversion of fuel to electricity and overall efficiency (SOFC) as well as the quality of the produced gas (chemicals instead of syngas) – direction in which the Italian partners have accumulated expertise.
The project results will pave the way for a common application in the programs of Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking.