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15th International Symposium on Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

July 23-28, 2017
Hollywood, Florida, USA
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13th Int'l Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Expo - FC EXPO 2017

March 1-3, 2017
Tokyo, Japan
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12th European SOFC & SOE Forum

July 5 - 8, 2016
Lucerne, Switzerland.
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12th Int'l Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Expo - FC EXPO 2016

March 2-4, 2016
Tokyo, Japan
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ECS Conference on Electrochemical Energy Conversion & Storage with SOFC-XIV

July 26-31, 2015
Glasgow, Scotland
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5th European PEFC H2 Forum

June 30 - July 3, 2015
Lucerne, Switzerland
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11th European SOFC & SOE Forum

July 1-4, 2014
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Manufacturing of Green Fuels from Renewable Energy

The workshop highlights key issues for reaching 100 % renewable energy in our energy systems and include topics such as carbon resources, CO2 capture, high temperature electrolysis, CO2 reduction on nano-scale. The workshop features a combination of invited speakers and poster sessions, panel discussion and informal networking.

Topic examples (and many more):
  • Which systems are needed to reach 100 % renewable energy in US? – Status and visions
  • Carbon and biomass demands and limitations in renewable energy system designs
  • Electrolysis – status and possibilities in China
  • The low carbon strategy in Chinese energy system
  • High temperature CO2 electrolysis and synthetic fuel production in Japan
April 14-16, 2015
DTU Energy, Risø Campus, Roskilde, Denmark.
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12th European SOFC & SOE Forum, Lucerne Switzerland on July 5-8 2016

The 12th European SOFC & SOE forum was held in Lucerne Switzerland 5-8 July 2016 addressing science, engineering, systems and application markets.

Considerable progress continues to be made in SOFC and development and delivery of commercial systems from kW scale micro CHP to distributed power generation units at 100 kW scale. Furthermore an increasing interest in application of solid oxide electrolysers for high efficiency hydrogen and/or syngas generation can be observed. Combined and integrated technologies offer potential means of balancing variable renewables as transitions to lower carbon energy systems are required.

The 12th European SOFC & SOE Forum presented a complete overview of the current state of the art in SOFC and SOEC science, engineering and technology. The sessions included an update on the status of leading developers.

290 contributions were submitted to the conference, out of which 120 were selected for oral presentations and 170 for posters. The conference was divided in 26 sessions on the following topics:

Main topics
  • Companies & Major groups development status
  • R&D at institutions - Overviews and status
  • Lifetime: Materials and cells
  • Lifetime: Cells & Stacks
  • Lifetime: Stacks & systems
  • Anodes: State-of-the-art & novel materials
  • Cathodes: State-of-the-art & novel materials
  • Modelling, validation & optimization: Cell & stack
  • Modelling, validation & optimization: System
  • Cell design and characterization
  • Stack design and characterization
  • Metal supported SOFCs
  • Advanced characterization tools and techniques
  • Development of systems & balance of plant components
  • Reactors, separators & storage based on solid oxide tech
  • Current and future market issues.
An increasing commitment among companies towards maturing and commercialization of their SOFC technologies can be observed. Companies such as Ceres Power, Hexis, SOLIDPower, Sunfire and Versa Power Systems presented their status and revealed an increasing engagement in general. Several conglomerates of companies representing the full value chain including R&D partners have been established. Most European SOFC and SOE companies are developing and commercializing technology based on the planar cell and stack concept. Even in this pre-marked and pre-commercialization phase it appears that all groups still have some problems to solve regarding product reliability, which is a general inherent drawback of the planar design.

FZ Juelich is still running a planar short 2 layer stack based on the planar stack design now exceeding 76,200 hours operation. However to be technical-economical competitive they have now decided to change to a new more cost effective stack design.

Versa Power systems have designed a new stack with radial planar geometry for increased power density and hermetic seals. The geometry of the stack is: Ø 160 mm, height 45 mm for 2 kW power. Recently a 20-cell stack has achieved a record breaking high current density of 3 A/cm2 in SOEC steam electrolysis operation mode with average cell voltage of 1.493 V.

A huge effort among the R&D groups is carried out in the field of modelling ranging from materials, structures to cells, stack and systems. Based on a strong collaboration between leading R&D groups strongly support by governments, national and international programs an increasing understanding of degradation issues is currently established.

The SOFC-XIV conference, Glasgow Scotland on July 26-31 2015

The SOFC-XIV conference held in Glasgow Scotland on July 26-31 2015 was the fourteen in a series of conferences on Solid Oxide Fuel Cells organized by the American Electrochemical Society (ECS) addressing science, engineering, systems, applications and markets. This year the conference was extended to cover electrochemical energy conversion and storage including electrolysis and reversible fuel cells. 468 scientific abstracts were submitted to the conference, out of which 420 were accepted for presentations. 550 people attended the SOFC sessions.

The main topics at the conference were:
  • Cells and stacks
  • Systems
  • Cathodes
  • Anodes
  • Interconnects and Interconnect Coatings
  • SOFC Electrolytes
  • Modelling
  • SOFC Fuels, Anodes and Modelling
  • Fuels and Fuel Compatibility
  • Solid Oxide Electrolysis / Reversible Cells.
Some general observations were:
  • An increasing number of fundamental research in academia and national institutes in an increasing number of countries
  • International collaboration appears to be increasing particularly within Europe
  • Progress in commercialization of SOFC residential CHP of 1 kW size range
  • Research on electrolysis/reversible cells is increasing
  • Commercial sales of SOFC distributed power generation systems is continued (totaling 200 MW installed or in order)
  • Major challenges still seems to be: Cost and performance regarding durability, robustness and lifetime.
The most spectacular highlight was:

FZ Juelich, Germany had achieved an operation time under load of 67,800 hours with a short SOFC stack based on planar anode supported cells. The mean voltage degradation during that time corresponds to 0.7%/kh. No indication of progressive voltage degradation can be seen so far, proving that the planar SOFC concept is feasible for real world residential applications.

Impressions from the world's largest exhibition on smart energy and renewables

World Smart Energy Week February 25-27, 2015, Tokyo - 11th Int'l Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Expo - FC EXPO 2015. Read more

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SOFC XIV Glasgow 2015
SOFC XIV Glasgow 2015
SOFC XIV Glasgow 2015
SOFC XIV, Glasgow, July 2015.
Expo Japan
Expo Japan
Fuel Cell Expo, Tokyo, February 2015.
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