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Next Generation solid oxide fuel cell and electrolysis technology

Project description

Flexible solid oxide energy technologies support our sustainable future

Solid oxide technologies are key enabling technologies to reach EU’s long-term climate goals. Due to their flexibility in terms of operation as fuel cells, electrolyser or reversible cells, they are an efficient link between sectors: power, gas, and heat in energy systems with a large share of renewable energy sources. Solid oxide fuel cells convert a variety of fuels including H2 or biogas into electricity. In the reverse mode, as solid oxide electrolysers, they convert steam, CO2 or both into fuels like H2 or syngas at close to 100 % efficiency. The EU-funded NewSOC project aims to improve the performance, durability, and cost-competitiveness of solid oxide cells and stacks, thereby boosting their market penetration and realizing their positive environmental impact.


The EU has the long-term goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% to 95% compared to 1990 levels by 2050, mainly by introducing more shares of renewable energy sources in the EU energy systems. Solid oxide technologies (SOC: SOFC & SOE) are key enabling technologies for allowing for such integration. They are an efficient link between sectors: power, gas, heat. SOC can therefore emerge as key players in the energy transition in many concepts, such as
• fuel/gas to power and heat at small to large scale,
• energy storage through power to hydrogen/fuel,
• utilisation and upgrading of biogas,
• balancing of intermittent electricity from renewable sources through load following and reversible operation, and
• central and decentral solutions for electricity and heat production.
The NewSOC project aims at significantly improving performance, durability, and cost competitiveness of solid oxide cells & stacks compared to state-of-the-art (SoA). In order to achieve these goals, NewSOC proposes twelve innovative concepts in the following areas: (i) structural optimisation and innovative architectures based on SoA materials, (ii) alternative materials, which allow for overcoming inherent challenges of SoA, (iii) innovative manufacturing to reduce critical raw materials and reduction of environmental footprint at improved performance & lifetime.
The NewSOC project will validate the new cells & stacks at the level of large cells with > 50 cm2 active area and short-stacks in close collaboration with industry thereby moving the technology readiness level from 2 to 4. Six major European SOC manufacturers are part of the consortium, representing a large range of SOC concepts and product & market strategies. Industry partners will take the lead for providing a path how to increase the TRL level beyond the project period towards TRL of 6. The NewSOC project will evaluate the new SOC materials and fabrication processes according to life cycle impact and cost assessment.


Net EU contribution
€ 480 636,10
2800 Kongens Lyngby

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Danmark Hovedstaden Københavns omegn
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Total cost
€ 480 636,10

Participants (15)