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Next-Generation SOFC : Printed Fuel Cell(TM)

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Among the several types of fuel cell available, SOFCs are expected to become especially widely used because of their higher power generation efficiency and ability to operate with a diverse variety of gases, including renewable biogas. However, reducing the cost of fuel cells, especially SOFC stacks, is a major issue for broad application. FCO Power’s Printed Fuel Cell™ now solves the cost issue.

Printed Fuel Cell™ features

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The Printed Fuel Cell™(right)is a SOFC stack in which all single cell layers, including separators (anode, electrolyte, cathode, and ceramic separator) are laminated repeatedly before sintering and subsequently simultaneously sintered only once as a stack.

The Printed Fuel Cell™ does not require a cell support because it does not need to maintain mechanical strength as single cell unit. As a result, the total thickness of a single cell and separator is just 0.3 mm. Because it is so thin, the Printed Fuel Cell™ achieves the highest level of volumetric power density in the world.

Additionally, the Printed Fuel Cell™ has a simple, thin laminated structure that requires a limited amount of material and parts, making it suitable for low-cost, automated mass production.

Leveraging this high volumetric power density and low cost, FCO Power aims to commercialize the Printed Fuel Cell™ with a focus on application in limited spaces, such as in apartments for home use, and for distributed power use in offices and factories, which require significant cost efficiency.

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