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Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Technology - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781845696283, 9781845696511

Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Technology

1st Edition

Principles, Performance and Operations

Authors: K Huang J B Goodenough
Hardcover ISBN: 9781845696283
eBook ISBN: 9781845696511
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 30th July 2009
Page Count: 340
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Table of Contents

Introduction to solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs); Thermodynamics of the SOFC; Electronic properties of solids for SOFCs; Transport of charged particles in a SOFC; Oxide-ion electrolytes in SOFCs; Current, gas flow, utilization, and energy balance in a SOFC; Voltage losses in a SOFC; Direct current (DC) electrical efficiency and power of a SOFC; Performance characterization techniques for a SOFC and its components; Steam methane reforming and carbon formation in SOFCs; Poisoning of SOFC electrodes; Materials for SOFCs.


High temperature solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology is a promising power generation option that features high electrical efficiency and low emissions of environmentally polluting gases such as CO2, NOox and SOx. It is ideal for distributed stationary power generation applications where both high-efficiency electricity and high-quality heat are in strong demand. For the past few decades, SOFC technology has attracted intense worldwide R&D effort and, along with polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) technology, has undergone extensive commercialization development.

This book presents a systematic and in-depth narrative of the technology from the perspective of fundamentals, providing comprehensive theoretical analysis and innovative characterization techniques for SOFC technology. The book initially deals with the basics and development of SOFC technology from cell materials to fundamental thermodynamics, electronic properties of solids and charged particle transport. This coverage is extended with a thorough analysis of such operational features as current flow and energy balance, and on to voltage losses and electrical efficiency. Furthermore, the book also covers the important issues of fuel cell stability and durability with chapters on performance characterization, fuel processing, and electrode poisoning. Finally, the book provides a comprehensive review for SOFC materials and fabrication techniques. A series of useful scientific appendices rounds off the book.

Solid oxide fuel cell technology is a standard reference for all those researching this important field as well as those working in the power industry.

Key Features

  • Provides a comprehensive review of solid oxide fuel cells from history and design to chemistry and materials development
  • Presents analysis of operational features including current flow, energy balance, voltage losses and electrical efficiency
  • Explores fuel cell stability and durability with specific chapters examining performance characterization, fuel processing and electrode poisoning


All those researching this important field and those working in the power industry


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…undoubtedly an essential title to place on the shelves of materials departmental libraries., Materials World
…a well written, well researched, comprehensive text., Materials World

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About the Authors

K Huang

Kevin Huang is a Fellow Engineer at Siemens Energy, Inc., USA. Dr John B. Goodenough holds the Virginia H. Cockrell Centennial Chair in Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, USA. Both are noted for their research in the field of solid oxide fuel cells.

Affiliations and Expertise

Siemens Energy, Inc

J B Goodenough

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Texas at Austin, USA