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Full of Energy: Fuel Cells

Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) are one type of fuel cell being developed at Forschungszentrum Jülich's Institute of Energy and Climate Research in an interdisciplinary approach. Compared to most low-temperature fuel cells, which only convert pure hydrogen into electric current, SOFCs have the advantage that they can also use methane and carbon monoxide as a fuel.

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Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs)

Forschungszentrum Jülich has been developing solid oxide fuel cells since the early 1990s, in particular for stationary, decentralized energy supply. In addition, Jülich and its research and industry partners in Germany and abroad are developing SOFCs for on-board power supply in vehicles and ships, with a focus on the anode-supported, planar concept.

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SOFC Fuel Cell

Fuel Cell: Operating Principle

Air is fed into the cell at the positive pole, i.e. the cathode. The oxygen molecules (O2) in the air take up electrons from the cathode material. They move through the electrolyte as negatively charged ions to the anode, i.e. the negative pole, where they react with the hydrogen (H2) to form water (H2O). The surplus electrons are released in this process, utilized as electric current by a consumer and fed into the cycle again via the cathode.

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