The Danish Energy Agency has given DKK 54.5 million in support funding to Topsoe Fuel Cell and the National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy (Risø DTU) in order to bring prototype ceramic fuel cells to market by 2012, writes Energy-Supply.dk.
Ceramic fuel cells, otherwise known as solid oxide fuel cells or SOFC, represent an efficient technology for electricity production. SOFCs have a relatively high operating temperature (around 700C), which makes them more suitable for fixed site applications.
Topsoe Fuel Cell and Risø DTU have worked closely on SOFC development for a number of years, and have made considerable technological progress. The new funding will be used to continue development and demonstration work in order to prepare for commercialisation of prototypes.
Risø DTU will focus on fuel cell development and production, while Topsoe Fuel Cell will develop prototypes designed for specific market applications. An external panel of independent energy companies and end users will ensure maintained focus on market needs.