Solid Oxide Fuel Cells
fuelcell-pittsburgh-t.jpg NETL Helping to Bring Fuel Cell System to Pittsburgh
The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), as part of its support for the City of Pittsburgh’s initiative to become a global leader in clean energy planning, modeling, and implementation, is supporting the installation and testing of a prototype fuel cell system in Pittsburgh. Read More!


DOE Selects Projects to Advance Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Technology
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Fossil Energy (FE) has selected 16 projects to receive $10.2 million in funding to advance solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology. Read More!

DOE Announces $15.9 Million for Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Research
The U.S. Energy Department’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy (FE) and National Energy Technology Laboratory announced a $15.9 million investment in solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) research and development. Four projects have been selected to receive up to $2.4 million for phase 2 research, while an additional $13.5 million is available under a new funding opportunity announcement (FOA) to support SOFC prototype system testing and core technology development. Read More!

Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) are electrochemical devices that convert chemical energy of a fuel and oxidant directly into electrical energy. Since SOFCs produce electricity through an electrochemical reaction and not through a combustion process, they are much more efficient and environmentally benign than conventional electric power generation processes. Their inherent characteristics make them uniquely suitable to address the environmental, climate change, and water concerns associated with fossil fuel based electric power generation.

The NETL Fuel Cell Program maintains a portfolio of RD&D projects that address the technical issues facing the commercialization of SOFC technology and a series of increasingly larger demonstration projects intended to validate the solutions to those issues. To successfully complete the maturation of the SOFC technology from its present state to the point of commercial readiness, the Program’s efforts are channeled through three key technologies, each of which has its respective research focus.

Click on the graphic for more information on the Program’s key technologies, systems analysis, and for the operating principals and benefits of this transformational technology. 

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