Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

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WP contribution

WP 1, 2, 3, 7, 8


Brief description of the Partner 

EPFL is one of Europe’s leading Research and Education Institutions (ranked world number 2 in the Shanghai ranking 2018 in the field of ‘Energy Science and Engineering’), with 3000 staff (370 professors), 1000 postdocs, 2000 PhD assistants and 9000 BSc/MSc students in engineering studies of all disciplines, with EU nationals forming 45% of Bsc/Msc students and 60% of PhD students. The GEM unit (Group of Energy Materials) led by Senior Scientist Dr Jan Van herle is part of the Mechanical Engineering Institute (IGM) in the Faculty of Engineering Sciences (STI) at EPFL, and is experienced since >25 years in SOC R&D.

The GEM unit is strongly linked to a sister unit (IPESE: Industrial Processes and Energy Systems Engineering – led by Prof. François Maréchal) specialised in the techno-economic analysis and optimisation of energy systems using an inhouse software platform, OSMOSE, that integrates many other known software packages (like ASPEN) for systems analysis, performs thermal integration and multi-objective optimisation. Both EPFL units will work together in Nautilus as a single entity.

Role in the Project

In NAUTILUS, EPFL contributes to WP2 on Requirement Analysis for the target and KPI specifications of the on-board SOFC-ICE hybrid. Its main activities are in WP3 and WP7. In the former on Process system design and engineering using its flowsheeting expertise to layout the superstructure of a complete integrated design capable to operate flexibly on various fuels (LNG, biofuel, methanol, ammonia, other synthetic fuels,…) and optimizing the system for different cases depending on multiple objectives (efficiency, cost, emissions). In WP7 the proper techno-economic analysis of various possible configurations (systems layout, fuels) will be performed, including life cycle analysis.