Clean energy project develops breakthrough fuel cell technology


The EU-funded three-year NELLHI project has concluded after successfully developing a new stack design of solid oxide fuel cells, from an all-European supply chain.

Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) are considered the leading fuel cell technology, producing the highest efficiencies of any electrical generation, above combustion engines, gas turbines or other fuel cells.

Key applications for SOFC systems include residential combined heat and power systems (CHP), automotive vehicles and electrolysis. In an SOFC electrolysis system, fuel cells convert excess power from renewable generation to turn water into hydrogen, addressing intermittency and storage issues for wind and solar.

Key challenges such as high costs, production at scale and capital investment have hampered widespread deployment of SOFCs.

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