Anode-Electrolyte-Cathode (AEC) Development—This key technology focuses on improving electrochemical performance and cell power density; reducing long term degradation; and developing more reliable and robust cells, stacks, and power systems. The Fuel Cell Program maintains a diversified portfolio of projects in the AEC Development key technology area that address issues critical to the commercialization of SOFC technology. The portfolio maintains a mix of near-, mid-, and long term R&D projects as well as laboratory- and bench-scale projects. Program participants include universities, national laboratories, small businesses, and other R&D organizations. The data and results are available to all Industry Teams, ensuring broad technology development and avoiding the duplication of R&D activities.
R&D projects within the AEC Development area focus on cell materials and reliability, interconnects, seals, modeling and simulation, balance-of-plant components, and stack reliability.