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Next-generation fuel cells


​Customers / partners: INNO-SOFC project /EU Horizon2020
Collaboration with Finnish companies Convion Ltd and Elcogen Ltd and Dutch Energy Matters, Italian ENEA, Dutch ElringKlinger AG and Forschungszentrum Jülich


Energy production faces challenges posed by the requirements to produce electricity and heat by increasingly efficient and cleaner means. Fuel cells are used to generate low-emission electricity and heat. Thus far, the adoption of such systems into widespread use has been hindered by their short service life and high price. The target is set to double the service life and halve the cost of fuel cell systems.


The new fuel cell system will generate normal alternating current and will be able to be used in several different applications. Fuel cells can be used to generate electricity and heat from methane produced by biomass at wastewater treatment and biogas plants. In addition to biogas, the distribution of LNG (liquefied natural gas) will enable the use of fuel cell systems outside the current gas network.


Compared with competing systems:

  • higher efficiency level
  • lower emissions
  • lower noise and vibration levels

The most notable advantage compared with the existing fuel cell technologies is the possibility of using conventional fuels, such as natural gas, diesel fuel and biogas, instead of pure oxygen.