The achievement of technical and research goals of the ENDURANCE project call for a multi-disciplinary and complementary action. With respect to that point, this project should associate many different areas of competence including materials science (ceramics and metals), processing and manufacturing, advanced characterization, multi-level modelling. The consortium of the present project is carefully built-up with teams that have demonstrated set of expertise and experience recognized at the international level in their relevant area which forms a value added chain for the realization of this project. With 7 research organizations and 4 industrial partners (3 SMEs and 1 larger industry) consortium covers the whole spectrum of competences needed both for technological improvement and industrial exploitation of SOFC stacks.

The University of Genoa (UNIGE) is a teaching and research public institution, which was founded in 1933 although its history can be traced several centuries back (14th century). As of 2012, UNIGE has the following organizational structure: 22 Departments, 5 Schools, 10 Interuniversity Research and Services Centres, 2 Centres of Excellence. The University of Genoa has a strong participation both in EC Framework Programmes (over 100 projects in FP5, 92 projects in FP6 and over 100 projects currently running in FP7).

SOFCpower SpA is an Italian company that develops and manufactures SOFC–based products for stationary applications. The company was founded in 2006 starting from former SOFC development activities of the Eurocoating-Turbocoating Group, a privately-held group with a 35 years’ experience in the fields of coatings and processes for gas turbines, machinery and biotechnology. In 2007, SOFCpower acquired HTceramix SA (HTc) in Yverdon-les-Bains (Switzerland), a spin-off of Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). The main focus of HTc is System Engineering.

MARION TECHNOLOGIES is essentially dedicated to formulation, development and “tailor-made” production of nanostructured materials and ceramic powders for industrial use. Materials synthesized by “soft chemistry” point out better original and technical properties than the same materials synthesized by classical manufacturing processes. MARION TECHNOLOGIES is in charge of providing, for a specific application, a global response to a “Material” problem. The company carries out the process implementation, the development and the scaling-up.

The Catalonia Institute for Energy Research (IREC: “Institut de Recerca en Energia de Catalunya”) is a research institution under the trust of different governmental and private organizations which include the Departments of Economy, Industry and Innovation of the Catalan Government, the Spanish Ministries of Industry and Science & Innovation and leading companies in the energy management and distribution sectors such as ENDESA, GAS NATURAL, REPSOL, ENAGÁS, CLH AND ALSTOM.

The German Aerospace Center (DLR) is Germany’s research centre for aeronautics and space. It is the largest engineering research organization in Germany undertaking applied research and development in Aeronautics, Space, Energy, Transport and Security. Approximately 7700 people are employed at 16 locations in Germany. Research at the Institute of Technical Thermodynamics in Stuttgart concentrates on efficient and resource-saving energy storage and conversion technologies.

The Institute of Electrochemistry and Energy Systems is part of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. IEES’s core competences are: research and development of electrochemical energy sources; electrochemical materials science; nano-scaled materials, electrochemical methods, techniques and instrumentation; e-science. The activities of the institute are concentrated in two Joint Thematic Platforms: (i) Fuel Cells and Hydrogen and (ii) Batteries.

The CNRS-BX (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) is a public research institution in France with about 25 000 permanent researchers, engineers and administrative staff and 11 500 non permanent people. It comprises 10 departments and 1100 laboratories with a budget is about 3.4 billions EUR. The Bordeaux Institute of Condensed Matter Chemistry (ICMCB) is a CNRS-BX Institute, located within the Bordeaux University. ICMCB is involved in basic research in the field of advanced materials. One third of the researchers currently work in the field of materials for energy.

CEA is a French Governmental Research Organization devoted to both fundamental and industrial R&D in the field of energy, information and health technologies, and defense. The business unit hosting the project, CEA-LITEN (Laboratory of Innovations for New Energies Technologies) is located in Grenoble and addresses the following energy applications: hybrid components for micro-power sources, solar thermal and photovoltaic energies, hydrogen production and storage, batteries and fuel cells (SOFC and PEFC).

SCHOTT is an international technology group with more than 125 years of experience in the areas of specialty glasses and materials and advanced technologies. With our high-quality products and intelligent solutions, we contribute to our customers’ success and make SCHOTT part of everyone’s life. Electronic Packaging, a business unit within SCHOTT, is a leading developer and manufacturer of hermetic housings and other components for the reliable, long-term protection of sensitive electronics.

HTceramix SA (HTc) is a dynamic and rapidly progressing SME specialized in high-temperature electroceramic applications for energy and gas conversion. With high temperature membrane reactors as core competence, the company works as an innovation center in cooperation with many industrial and academic partners, and is located in Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland. HTc focuses its activities on market and product development, generating its revenues both through sales commission and engineering services.

The Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne Group (Fuels and Materials Electrochemistry) led by Dr Jan Van Herle has been focusing on SOFC R&D for more than 12 years. Its particular strength is the coupling between modeling (for both design and performance) and experimental cell and stack work (validation; locally resolved measurements; components testing for model input and calibration). It has performed the optimization for several planar stack designs, and detailed modeling of degradation issues.

The University of Pisa group is composed by staff of the Department of Civil and industrial Engineering (DICI). DICI is based on a multitude of cultural competences from ranging from basic science (chemistry and material science) to development, design and modeling of industrial plants. In particular, the Chemical Engineering section promotes and coordinates research activities in the fields of inorganic and organic industrial chemistry; material science; applied chemistry; principles of chemical engineering; process control; chemical reactor design; plant safety and environmental engineering; metallurgy; polymers science and biomaterials; new and renewable energy sources and, sustainable technologies.