Low temperature solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) that are highly scalable and cost effective
A series of new Harvard technologies enables operation of SOFCs at low temperatures (300 deg. C to 600 deg. C). Operation at these temperatures (vs. the current ~1000 deg. C) is a sought-after goal of the fuel cell industry – because it will significantly expand practical applications for SOFCs. The Harvard SOFCs are made using novel nano-fabrication techniques based on well-proven semiconductor processes. These micro-scale fuel cell devices also enable applications where a small form-factor is critical (such as portable electronics), yet the devices are easily scalable to provide a wide range of power outputs. A related Harvard innovation, the "accelerated oxygen exchange" process, can significantly improve performance of any SOFC.
Intellectual Property Status: Patent(s) Pending
Applications for this technology are in the fuel cell, solid oxide fuel cell, and energy industries.