Real-SOFC - A joint European effort to improve SOFC durability

R. Steinberger-Wilckens*, O. Bucheli, L. G J De Haart, A. Hagen, J. Kiviaho, J. Larsen, S. Pyke, B. Rietveld, J. Sfeir, F. Tietz, M. Zahid, Robert Steinberger-Wilckens

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The Integrated Project Real-SOFC joined 26 partners from throughout Europe active in SOFC technology. The project was funded by the European Commission within the 6th Framework Programme and aimed at improving the durability of planar SOFC stacks to degradation rates of well below 1% per 1000 hours of operation. This is an essential requirement in gaining access to the market for stationary applications. The underlying idea was to improve materials and materials processing on the basis of extensive test results identifying degradation mechanisms, and then to supply industrial components of enhanced quality for repeated testing analysis. This 'feedback loop' resulted in '2 nd ' and '3rd ' Generations of SOFC components. This paper summarises the project approach, shows examples of the major results and of long-term durability testing.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationECS Transactions
Number of pages14
Edition2 PART 1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2009
Event11th International Symposium on Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC-XI)- 216th ECS Meeting - Vienna, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 Oct 20099 Oct 2009


Conference11th International Symposium on Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC-XI)- 216th ECS Meeting
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)


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