AuRora - Self-sustaining reversible solid oxide cell (SOFC/SOEC) propulsion system for a self-launching glider

Project: Research project

Description

Within this project, an electric propulsion system for a self-launching glider is investigated based
on a high temperature solid oxide cell. This solid oxide cell (SOFC/SOEC) is to be operated in
flight in the fuel cell mode and on the ground, with additional supply of electricity and water, in the
electrolysis mode in order to produce hydrogen. With that alternative fuel a self-sufficient operation
of the entire propulsion system is guaranteed. Compared to thermal engines the solid oxide fuel
cell has a much greater efficiency, lower emissions and has similar power densities as battery
powered propulsion systems. The independent propulsion system will be validated as a scaled
model in the reversible mode experimentally.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date1/01/1631/12/18