Fuel Cells / Electrolysis High temperature

ENERGY RESOURCES AND DECENTRALIZED PRODUCTION

Fuel cell technologies are alternative electrochemical devices for the production of electricity with an outstanding electrical efficiency and characterised by a high flexibility of use (multi-fuel and multi-scale). The reverse process (water electrolysis) is used for hydrogen production with different possible existing and future applications.

Cell, stack and system testing combined with electrochemical modelling allows us to better understand degradation mechanisms and to define the right mitigation strategies or diagnostic control.

Our research activities aim at tackling critical technological bottlenecks which prevent fuel cells from reaching the market specifications, and promoting the integration of performing components or new concepts in the final system. Cell, stack and system testing combined with electrochemical modelling allows us to better understand degradation mechanisms and to define the right mitigation strategies or diagnostic control. The knowledge gained on high temperature fuel cell technologies was successfully derived to check the feasibility of the vapour electrolysis reaction at cell and stack level, thus leading to the production of cost-competitive and CO2-free hydrogen compared to current fossil-based technologies. The validation at system level is the next challenge for the High Temperature Electrolysis process, which is seen as an alternative efficient solution for intermittent energy storage. In both fields, EIFER is working together with German and European partners in the frame of public-funded projects.

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