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Title: Technological and economic viability of a Greek SME in the European and global market of "Solid Oxide Fuel Cells - Combined Heat and Power systems, SOFCs-CHPs": Strategic management of innovative materials` development and of advanced fabrication processes as a competitive advantage
Advisor: Constantelou, Anastasia
Keywords: Energy & Fuels;Innovation & Strategic Management;Fuel Cells;Solid Oxide Fuel Cells;Market research;Commercialization
Issue Date: 5-Sep-2015
Abstract: The scope of the presented dissertation is a primary feasibility study, verifying the technological and commercial viability of a Greek SME, which focuses on implementing innovative materials and fabrication processes towards the commercialization of improved Positive/Electrolyte/Negative (PEN) Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) structures. The added value to the industrial sector will be optimized SOFC (PEN) units, which will operate with Hydro-Carbon (H/C) based fuels (such as Biogas, Natural gas, e.t.c.) showing improved long-term performance and tolerance against poisoning. The latter field for SOFCs is currently under intense investigation due to several reasons such as: (i) the commercial necessity and attractiveness of H/C-fueled SOFCs and (ii) the various technical, economic and managerial aspects that hinder these systems from entering the existing fuel cell market, as power suppliers. The primary business feasibility study comprises market investigation, partner search, risk assessment and in total a viability concept. These tasks are adjusted to the special needs and characteristics of a Greek SME, targeting to manufacture a high-potential product that will encompass research innovation and market orientation. The research data are collected up by the existing Fuel Cell industrial field, focusing on the market of SOFCs. Concisely, the described business concept refers to an innovative idea, which significantly depends on R&D procedures and lies on the transition phase from the level of a research novelty towards a commercially mature product. Therefore, the goal of the presented study is strategic alignment of the produced novelty with the global market needs, aiming to bring research innovation closer to commercial maturity.
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