Equipment is in place at the CFCC for fabricating complete laboratory-scale (1 to 3 cm2) and sub-commercial scale (25 to 100 cm2) solid oxide fuel cells that allow a wide range of material and electrochemical studies to be undertaken. High temperature sintering ovens and processing furnaces, tape casting, screen printing, and cold pressing equipment are available for fabricating SOFCs from a wide variety of state-of-the-art materials using an array of fabrication processes. Equipment of this kind has been used to good effect in fabricating fuel cells having stabilized zirconia or doped ceria electrolytes, transition metal/electrolyte cermet anodes and complex metal oxide cathodes. A class 10,000 clean room is available for pre-test assembly and post-test disassembly of SOFC components.

Solid oxide fuel cell component fabrication