You are on a website of Best In Class SOFC. This is an EU funded project with the aim to instrument the development of SOFC technology to it’s full potential.


Main keywords of this website are chemical engineering, production technology, process engineering, nanotechnology, stationary power generation, SOFC, SOEC, hydrogen, energy efficiency.

The project has received funding from the European Union Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 823620

Challanges of Best-in-Class SOFC

SOFC is the most efficient way to convert fuel to power and heat. However, there are two main obstacles to successful mass commercialisation:


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High manufacturing cost

The high operating temperatures of SOFCs require highly durable materials, which are currently expensive. In order to decrease the cost, R&D is required to manipulate these materials, optimising surface area, porosity, and thermal properties.

Insufficient life-time

Compared to other fuel cells, SOFCs generally offer the best stability and reliability. High temperatures speed up corrosion and degradation of cell components over time. Reducing operating temperature is crucial to slowing down these processes and increasing lifetime.

Results of Best-In-Class SOFC

In order to decrease production costs and increase product lifetime following actions are considered:


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Relising thinner SOFC cell design

Reductions in cell thickness would reduce
material consumption.



Testing optimal scale up path

Part of the project is to test and plan cost-effective mass-production line with planned production capacity of 2 million cells/year.

Applying ALD barrier layer

ALD is a nanotechnology which creates a very thin,
uniform and impenetrable film barrier, solving a common cause of failure.


Commercialisation planning

Elcogen’s long-term vision is to become the world leading low cost, high performance supplier for SOFC/SOECs to the CHP market.