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This report assesses the future potential of the emergent power-generation technology of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC). It was first necessary to estimate the achievable efficiencies and costs of future, developed, SOFC systems. The methods and assumptions used, and the results obtained, are set out. Following this, the market niches for SOFC have been considered. It was concluded that these lay in the field of gas-fuelled industrial combined heat and power, and in the longer term in coal fuelled utility power generation. In both of these areas the technology offers very significant improvements in conversion efficiency over all alternatives. The power and energy supply situation in each EEC country has then been described, mainly using published sources, and an assessment made of the accessible market in each country over the next 20 years. SOFC is not yet available in the sizes required for the market, and it has been estimated that approximately eight years development will be necessary before the first commercial unit, probably in the range 200 kW to 1 MWe, is a saleable product. The final section of the report gives guidance on the technical areas where resources need to be concentrated in order that the estimated development timescales can be achieved.

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Authors: LILLEY P D, Engineering Research Centre, Cambridge Road, Whetstone, Leicester LE8 3LH (GB);ERDLE E, Dornier System GmbH, Friedrichshafen (DE);GROSS F, Consultant, Heidelberg (DE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 12249 EN (1989)
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ISBN: ISBN 92-825-9993-0;CD-NA-
Record Number: 198910889 / Last updated on: 1994-12-01
Original language: en
Available languages: en