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Solid Oxide Fuel Cells – Integrating Degradation Effects into Lifetime Prediction Models

Long-term stable operation of Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC) is a basic requirement for introducing this technology to the stationary power market. Degradation phenomena limiting the lifetime can be divided into continuous (baseline) and incidental (transient) effects.
This project is concerned with understanding the details of the major SOFC continuous degradation effects and developing models that will predict single degradation phenomena and their combined effect on SOFC cells and single repeating units.
The outcome of the project will be an in-depth understanding of the degradation phenomena as a function of the basic physico-chemical processes involved, including their dependency on operational parameters. Up to now research has rarely succeeded in linking the basic changes in materials properties to the decrease in electro-chemical performance at the level of multi-layer systems and SOFC cells, and even up to single repeating units.


SP1-JTI-FCH.2009.3.1 Fundamentals of fuel cell degradation for stationary power application


Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany


Lambertus G.J. de Haart

Other participating organisations:

Hexis AG Switzerland IND/SME
HTceramix Switzerland IND/SME
Topsøe Fuel Cell A/S Denmark IND
Commissariat à l´Energie Atomique France RES
Risø-DTU Denmark RES
Eidgenössische Materialprüfungs- und Forschungsanstalt Switzerland RES
Institute of High Temperature Electrochemistry Russia RES
Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Finland RES
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne Switzerland UNI
Imperial College U.K UNI
Electricité de France France IND
Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften Switzerland UNI