representation of hydrogen and the different solutions it can power

Leveraging Solid Oxide Fuel Cells For A Greener Hydrogen Energy Future

In the quest for sustainable and clean energy solutions, fuel cells have emerged as a pivotal technology, holding the key to unlocking the potential of hydrogen as a versatile energy carrier. With their exceptional efficiency and minimal environmental impact, fuel cells are spearheading the transition towards a hydrogen-based energy landscape. 

In this blog post, we delve into the future of hydrogen-based energy and the impact of fuel cells in paving the way for hydrogen energy production.

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solid oxide fuel cell diagram

A Comprehensive Comparison of Planar and Tubular Solid Oxide Fuel Cells 

As the world continues to seek sustainable energy solutions, solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) have emerged as a promising technology for clean and efficient power generation. Among various SOFC designs, the planar and tubular architectures are the most prevalent.

Knowing the difference between the two is imperative for individuals, businesses and communities who are exploring new solutions to their energy needs.

In this blog post, we will conduct an in-depth comparison of planar and tubular SOFCs, exploring their respective advantages, disadvantages, and applications. Understanding the differences between these two designs is crucial for making informed decisions in the pursuit of sustainable energy solutions.

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Generator system

Comparing Diesel Generators and SOFC Generators for Commercial Applications

With today’s increasingly unreliable grid operation, businesses are seeking reliable and efficient power generation solutions for their commercial operations. Historically, diesel generators have been the standard for power generation. Recently, more communities and organizations are considering Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) for their continuous, auxiliary or backup power needs. 

This blog post aims to provide a comprehensive comparison between diesel generators and SOFC generators, focusing on their suitability for commercial use. We will explore the key factors that businesses should consider when evaluating these two technologies for their power needs.

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SPSs tubular solid oxide fuel cells

The Advantage of Tubular Solid Oxide Fuel Cells Over Other Types of Fuel Cells

Fuel cells are electrochemical devices that convert the chemical energy of fuels directly into electrical energy. They are a promising alternative to conventional power generation technologies, as they are highly efficient, environmentally friendly, and can be used for a variety of applications, ranging from portable power to grid-scale electricity generation.

Among the various types of fuel cells, solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) are a particularly attractive option, as they offer high efficiency, low emissions, and fuel flexibility. In particular, tubular solid oxide fuel cells (TSOFCs) have emerged as promising technology, offering several advantages over other types of fuel cells.

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Green energy for residential use

SOFC Use Case For Residential Properties

This is a concept to share the implications of using solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) for residential use. 

Problem to solve:

Provide adequate and reliable power to off-grid residential properties. Current solutions are either inadequate for providing consistent energy or require large amounts of costly upkeep. 

Common off-grid power systems

  • Gasoline generator
  • Solar 
  • Wind turbines
  • Water 

Of the commonly used power systems, gasoline generators are the most reliable. However, gasoline generators come with the expense of high maintenance, expensive fuel costs and can be noisy.

At SPS, we have made it our mission to solve these power problems. In this use case, we will show how SOFC can provide a better alternative as a main off-grid residential power system

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Remote power generated by SOFC

Current and Future Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Applications

Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) is one of the most promising technologies for clean, high-efficiency energy production. Because of their unique attributes and scalable capabilities they are being used for a number of applications and solutions.

SOFC technology is so promising that the US department of energy initiated a program in 2000 to invest in the further development of the technology. Here at Special Power Sources, we’ve earned grants through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) for the purpose of researching the capabilities of SOFC technology for specific applications. 

As the technology further advances more and more people will see the benefits of it. One of our aims is to show the potential for solid oxide fuel cell technology through its various applications. That is what we want to do today.

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How solid oxide fuel cell works

Why Solid Oxide Fuel Cells as a Remote Power Source

Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) are over a century old but have been seeing rapid innovations and growing use cases over the past several decades. These fuel cells have been used in transportation, industrial equipment, cooling, providing power, and various other applications where direct grid power is unavailable. At SPS, our unique SOFC technology is what has made us a recognized leader in remote power generators. They truly are an amazing source of power for remote applications. 

If you’re looking into generators and possible power sources for a remote location or where auxiliary power is needed, then this information will help. It will help you decide whether SOFC are right for your specific application. 

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Graph demonstrating efficient fuel cell technology

SPS Demonstrates 50% Efficient, Low- Temperature Fuel Cell Technology!

Under DOE project DE-FE0031674 SPS has demonstrated improved cell performance while significantly reducing operating temperature. 

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