A Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC), once very expensive, was created to produce energy and/or electricity without burning fuel or requiring moving parts. Now that a SOFC is affordable, it has become a great resource for providing energy.

How it Works

A SOFC is a battery consisting of an electrolyte, an anode, and a cathode that converts fuel and air to electricity without combustion. A chemical reaction takes place within the cell between oxygen and reformed fuel that was formed from steam and fuel. This chemical reaction produces electricity, water, and small amounts of carbon dioxide. The water is recycled to produce steam for the reformed fuel and generates enough heat (between 500ºC and 1000ºC or 930ºF and 1830ºF) to operate the fuel cell, thus creating energy. Watch this animated video to see exactly how a SOFC works.

Benefits of a SOFC

A SOFC requires low-cost ceramic materials, has extremely high electrical efficiency because of the high operating temperatures, and does not require heat and power to operate. SOFCs, over the century, have become a clean, reliable, and affordable resource for supplying energy.

Applications include:

  • Stationary energy sources
  • Transportation
  • Military applications
  • Power generation
  • Heat generation
  • Auxiliary power units for electrical systems in vehicles

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