Increased greenhouse gas emissions, coupled with the rising price of
fuel, have made alternative fuel cell technology very attractive in
recent years. Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) are potentially clean and
highly efficient sources of energy, but are still expensive and
The EU-funded EVOLVE
project set out to address this problem by re-engineering the anode to be more reliable and efficient.
Thus far, EVOLVE has completed a technological strategy for the
design and testing of new SOFC anodes. Several metals and other evolved
materials have already been developed and tested.
Researchers have also produced and trialled an early prototype of
the SOFC anode, using a metal foam formed from a nickel–chrome–aluminium
alloy. Initial testing of the prototype has revealed stable behaviour
at high temperatures.
EVOLVE will now focus on building a full SOFC prototype using the
new anode, and will eventually scale this up to pre-industrial testing.
The project is on course to yield a more robust and reliable SOFC in the