Head: Dr. rer.nat. Günter Schiller
Due to their low sensitivity towards fuels from fossil energy sources and their tolerance against impurities, solid oxide fuel cells are highly suited for the use of hydrocarbons for auxiliary power units (APU) for vehicles as well as for stationary applications. The research group’s work is dedicated to the development of cost-efficient SOFC stacks with high performance and high durability based on metal supported cells. For cell fabrication different coating technologies, e.g. thermal deposition and colloidal spray technologies, are applied. The detailed electrochemical and structural characterisation of cells and stacks as well as the development and use of spatially resolved analytical methods for investigating degradation processes is a focal point of our scientific work.
Development work concentrates on:
Numerous test facilities are available in the institute which are applied for the research work but also for external customers:
Test benches for SOFC stacks including impedance spectroscopy