FuelCell Energy announced that its solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology is nearing commercial deployment.
The US Department of Energy has provided new funds to advance technological progress in existing programs (DOE). It has been awarded $8 million in Phase 2 funding for the previously announced ARPA-E project to build ultra-high performance SOFC systems for power generation, based on its success and differentiated platform.
The multi-stack assembly, which is at the heart of the system, is a scalable modular building block for larger systems.
The ARPA-E project is working on system approaches to achieve ultra-high electrical efficiency (>70%) in SOFC power generation systems as part of the “Innovative Natural-gas Technologies for Efficiency Gain in Reliable and Affordable Thermochemical Electricity-generation” (INTEGRATE) program.
Following the successful completion of Phase 1 design activities, the Company has been awarded an additional $8 million in funding to move forward with Phase 2 design and construction of a sub-megawatt SOFC power generation prototype system. This project entails the development of improved pressurized stack module designs, which are important for the configuration of very high-efficiency power generation systems, as well as the improvement of solid oxide-based electrolysis and energy storage systems.