Dissemination is a key action towards the diffusion of the project’s results aiming at achieving their impact on the performance of SOFC-based CHP. By improving efficiency, durability, maintenance, mean time between failures a reduction of both CAPEX and OPEX may be targeted.
One of the main hindrances on the path to a wide-spread market deployment of SOFC-based CHP systems is the lack of sufficiently developed system control and diagnostic tools. This is the barrier DIAMOND is aiming to remove, and clearly the most important impact of DIAMOND is the utilization of its results pursuing SOFC CHP system integration with monitoring, diagnostics and system control. Towards the achievement of these objectives an effective communication with the sharing of the knowledge gained during the project is in place.
The dissemination of the DIAMOND outcomes is based on several actions to spread among the stakeholders’ community the results achieved during the project:
The advancements of DIAMOND are also based on exchanges among partners with stages of PhD and students involved in the research activities. After two years DIAMOND has established many relationships among HYGEAR, IJS, UNISA, VTT and other research institutions (ENEA and Politecnico di Torino). Overall, the contributions of six young researchers and pupils is acknowledged: four of them traveled across the Europe for their internships and two students defended their Master Thesis dealing with DIAMOND-related topics. Cooperation is active with the company ELCOGEN who’s the supplier of the DIAMOND-C system stacks.
All these actions are the main pillars for the development of the DIAMOND exploitation strategy, which has been developed by the Consortium and is presented below.
The exploitation strategy of DIAMOND is based on a strong coordination with dissemination actions above, by strengthening relationships with on-going projects and stakeholders involved in Diagnostics and Control for FCs. Among others, the workshops were planned with the objective of getting feedbacks from both research and industry communities involved on SOFCs activities.
Actions for industry and research partners were planned according to the following scheme:
- Current technology, and
- Business position in existing markets
- Create new markets
Research partners focus on
- Experienced workforce
- Future research activities
The industrial partners within DIAMOND focus their exploitation activities on improving their current technology and business position in existing markets and on the creation of new markets beyond those markets addressed in DIAMOND. They will use the technical improvements in a direct manner to shorten turn-around times to product readiness. Furthermore, manufacturers can accelerate the market introduction and create new services around the technology addressed developed in the DIAMOND project.
The exploitation goals of the research organizations are different, yet complementary to those of the industrial partners. The technical improvements and developments will be integrated into the teaching courses but will also flow into their research activities. This will also lead to being more attractive for Ph.D., master and graduate level students to join research partners.
More strategically, graduates from academic partners are and will be trained for working in the related industry but also in related research area. The long-term pay-off of the research partners will lift DIAMOND ’s technology being general part of teaching lessons.
Below the connections linking the project outcomes and the final deployment of SOFC, such a scheme shows how DIAMOND will impact on the technology.