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60 Minutes to air look at ‘Bloom Box’ fuel cells

By / February 20, 2010

Via a note from Kristen Brosnan, I learned that Lesley Stahl and her 60 Minutes crew at CBS are doing a big story tomorrow (Feb. 21) on Bloom Energy and the apparent success of their solid oxide fuel cell system that has been packaged into what the company is marketing as a “Bloom Box.” Click on…

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Development of an In Situ Surface Deformation and Temperature Measurement Technique for a Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Button Cell

By / January 28, 2010

Volume 7 Issue 1, Pages 55 – 62 Huang Guo, Gulfam Iqbal, Bruce S. KangPublished Online: Jul 29 2009 3:56PM DOI: 10.1111/j.1744-7402.2009.02414.x ABSTRACT A novel experimental technique is developed to measure the in situ surface deformation and temperature of a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) anode surface along with the cell electrochemical performance. The experimental…

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Experimental Study of the Aging and Self-Healing of the Glass/Ceramic Sealant Used in SOFCs

By / January 28, 2010

Volume 7 Issue 1, Pages 22 – 29 Wenning N. Liu, Xin Sun, Brian Koeppel, Mohammad KhaleelPublished Online: Aug 15 2009 1:43AM DOI: 10.1111/j.1744-7402.2009.02417.x ABSTRACT High operating temperatures of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) require that the sealant must function at a high temperature between 600°C and 900°C and in the oxidizing and reducing environments…

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Thermochemical Compatibility of a Seal Glass with Different Solid Oxide Cell Components

By / January 28, 2010

Volume 7 Issue 1, Pages 22 – 29 Kevin KendallPublished Online: Feb 23 2009 1:59PM DOI: 10.1111/j.1744-7402.2008.02350.x ABSTRACT High operating temperatures of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) require that the sealant must function at a high temperature between 600°C and 900°C and in the oxidizing and reducing environments of fuel and air. This paper describes…

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Progress in Microtubular Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

By / January 28, 2010

Volume 7 Issue 1, Pages 1 – 9 Kevin KendallPublished Online: Feb 23 2009 1:59PMDOI: 10.1111/j.1744-7402.2008.02350.x ABSTRACT The benefits of microtubular solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) are addressed, including increased power density, rapid start-up, and cycling performance. Several international developments are discussed, especially small portable applications, which demand fast start and multiple cycles. Extrusion is…

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Funding to bring better Li-ions and SOFCs

By / January 18, 2010

With State of Ohio funding, researchers at Case Western Reserve University will help businesses in northeast Ohio build and bring to market better lithium-ion batteries and solid oxide fuel cell systems. In late December, Gov. Ted Strickland and other officials approved a total of $19.2 million in Ohio Third Frontier grants for 19 projects. Case…

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Can natural gas-SOFC combo be cheapest route to cleaner electricity?

By / January 13, 2010

Two researchers at MIT say they have what will be “the lowest price option” for power generation in the future if a carbon tax is every levied in the United States (as long as the tax is $5 – $15 per metric ton of emitted CO2). The duo – Thomas Adams and Paul Barton –…

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Commercial rollout of residential SOFCs planned for Japan in 2014

By / December 16, 2009

Tokyo Gas, Kyocera, Rinnai and gas equipment maker Gastar have begun field trials for residential solid oxide fuel cells, reported Fuelcellsworks.com. The four partners will evaluate the performance and durability of  solid oxide fuel cells for homes. Compared with the proton exchange membrane fuel cells currently being sold, the next-generation SOFCs promise higher efficiencies and…

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Lowering the temperature of SOFCs

By / October 6, 2009

Technology Review reported that researchers at Georgia Tech have developed an anode material that resists the buildup of sulfur and carbon that can occur at lower temperatures. SOFCs require high temperatures to run efficiently. The higher the temperatures, the higher the costs. Nickel, often used as a catalyst in the anode, is prone to contamination…

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Plans underway to market mobile SOFC products

By / August 25, 2009

From Fuel Cell Today comes a report that two companies working together think that mobile solid oxide fuel cell products could be commercially available within two to three years, with larger 100 kW stationary units available in seven to 10 years. Xin Li, a senior researcher in the fuel cell field who works as a…

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