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T1S1: High-temperature Fuel Cells and Electrolysis

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Ceramic technologies for sustainable development


High-temperature fuel cells (SOFC, MCFC) have evolved beyond lab testing and technology demonstration and are marketed for stationary power generation and combined heat and power (CHP) in the range between 100 W and 1 MW. However, basic research, materials development, and process engineering are still essential for achieving competitiveness with respect to lifetime and cost. The development of novel solutions on cell, component, and system levels is required to open additional markets for high-temperature fuel cells. Sophisticated design concepts and manufacturing technologies are essential for the up-scaling of plant sizes and production numbers.


New solid oxide electrolysis cells (SOEC) and reversible SOFC (R-SOFC) technologies have gained increased interest, motivated by the growing share of renewable energy sources in power distribution grids. While a number of proven SOFC solutions may be adopted for high-temperature electrolysis, particular material developments and system integration concepts are still necessary—challenging tasks for basic and applied sciences. Together with the use of biogenic fuels in SOFC, the development of SOEC and R-SOFC constitutes the role of ceramics-based energy converters in future renewable energy scenarios.

Proposed session topics:

  • Materials development and microstructural engineering for enhanced performance and durability of electrolytes, cell components, and functional layers
  • Lifetime-related phenomena on material, component, and system levels
  • Modeling of electrochemical, thermal, mechanical, and coupled phenomena in high-temperature fuel cells
  • Materials development and system engineering for high-temperature electrolysis and R-SOFC
  • Materials development and process engineering for low-cost, series production of high-temperature fuel cells and SOEC
  • Mass production processes and manufacturing technologies for fuel cell components, stacks, and systems, including energy efficiency savings, recovery, and recycling
  • System design and optimization for performance, cost, and durability
  • Fuel processing technologies and BoP components
  • High-temperature fuel cell systems for residential, special markets, industrial, and large-scale applications


  • Thomas Pfeifer, Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS, Germany
  • Alexander Michaelis, Fraunhofer IKTS, Germany
  • Chan Siew Hwa, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • Prabhakar Singh, University of Connecticut, USA
  • Mihails Kusnezoff, Fraunhofer IKTS, Germany
  • Toshio Suzuki, AIST, Japan
  • R. Muccillo, Energy and Nuclear Research Institute, Brazil
  • Brian Borglum, Versa Power Systems / Fuel Cell Energy, Canada

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