VÚTS presents an interesting project - the AMPS project, in which we are becoming key researchers in the field of digital twins. This project is part of the Horizon Europe programme and aims to transform solid oxide cell manufacturing.

Electrification is at the forefront of decarbonisation efforts, but its application is not always technically feasible or cost-effective. Sectors facing significant decarbonisation challenges, such as heavy industry (e.g. steel, cement, fertiliser) and transport (e.g. trucks, maritime and air transport), require alternative solutions. In this challenging context, hydrogen and hydrogen-derived fuels (known as e-fuels) appear to be key elements for the transition away from fossil fuels. Efficient and affordable electrochemical technologies (fuel cells and electrolyzers) are essential for the successful implementation of this transition. High-temperature technologies offer best-in-class efficiency and extensive flexibility in processing different input streams. In addition, they exhibit the unique ability to operate in reversible mode within the same component, increasing their overall versatility and utility in a variety of applications.

The AMPS project, funded by Horizon Europe (budget EUR 8.7 million, funding EUR 6.6 million), started in June 2023. The main focus of this project is to advance, demonstrate and validate cost-effective, high-volume manufacturing techniques and quality control measures for the production of components and SOC cells (Solid Oxide Cell). These goals are being achieved in a real-time production environment, highlighting the project's commitment to practical and impactful contributions to the field.

The main objectives of the AMPS project include automated high-speed production of SOC cells, bipolar and interconnect plates, together with automated high-speed stack assembly with integrated quality control. Complete component tracking and optimised mass production will be achieved using virtual twins and VUTS is a key investigator in this area within the AMPS project. Ultimately, the project aims to assess and demonstrate the target cost of cell production.

The consortium of this project brings together major European companies involved in the production chain of solid oxide fuel cells and solid oxide electrolyzers. The project is coordinated by VTT and includes automation companies such as Rocksoft and Smartal, along with production equipment manufacturers SITEC, Haikutech and Dosetec. The project also includes cell production by Elcogen AS and stack production by Elcogen Oy. These industrial partners are supported by research institutes including VUTS and Polito.