The SOFC is an eco-friendly energy production device that is considered as a great technical and business value that exhibits excellent performance for reducing fine dust and carbon dioxide. The power conversion efficiency of the SOFC system is at least 40% to more than 60%. It is likely as an energy source that will alleviate concerns about power generation gaps caused by nuclear and coal power phase out since it can be operated regularly.
The development of a bipolar plates, that acts as a mechanical support (the electrical connection of each unit cell consisting of an electrolyte and an electrode, isolation of the supplied fuel and air), is absolutely necessary to produce a large-capacity stack which is used in a SOFC system.
Metal is a suitable material for bipolar plate due to its low price, mechanical strength, high electrical conductivity, high gas barrier properties, and ease of manufacture. The biggest advantage of the metal bipolar plate is that it can be easily molded and forged, making it to adjust its thickness to 1mm or less.
Metal bipolar plate has high strength, toughness, and impact resistance, that allows the bipolar plate to be manufactured thinner. However, it is vulnerable to corrosion, which can adversely affect performance and durability. Corrosion can occur in both anode and cathode during fuel cell operation.
Accordingly, a Korean display and energy component manufacturer is to develop a SOFC bipolar plate based on its manufacturing know-how. The end goal is the development of fuel cell metalworking equipment and coating device.
This company intends to apply to Eureka or Eurostars3 programme in research cooperation with European partners who possess metal coating technology(especially Chromium plating)
The deadline of EOI is until June 30, 2021 as the deadline of call is expected on Aug 31, 2021.