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Materials Frontiers for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs): Structure-Performance Correlation

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944). This special issue belongs to the section "Energy Materials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 October 2024 | Viewed by 101

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Energy and Mechanic, Università degli studi Guglielmo Marconi, Rome, Italy
Interests: energy; biomass gasification; fuel cell; gas conditioning; electrolyzers
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent years, novel technologies for the production of energy, such as fuel cell systems that combine low CO2 emission outputs with the conversion of fuel to electricity, have been proposed and garnered significant attention as promising energy supplies employing renewed fuels such as hydrogen. Fuel cells present several benefits: (i) high efficiencies (up to 75–85 %); (ii) low or zero CO2 emissions; and (iii) suitability for both stationary and mobile applications. Fuel cells can operate at low and high temperatures depending on the electrolyte used. Among the high-temperature cells, solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) show high potentiality due to their total efficiency, which is up to 85% when heat cogeneration is considered. These devices can convert various kinds of fuels into electricity with high efficiency and low levels of catalyst degradation. In addition, if the syngas produced from the biomass gasification process is used as fuel, in order to preserve the performance of the catalyst, hot gas conditioning is normally performed in order to reduce the number of typical contaminants. Thus, for the durable operations of SOFC fuel cells, an efficient gas cleaning phase is essential to remove the critical pollutants that significantly deteriorate the fuel cell systems. In particular, the purpose of this Special Issue is to publish high-quality research papers and review articles that address the study, synthesis, and characterization of advanced materials for SOFC fuel cells, as well as the materials and processes enable to perform a gas cleaning treatment with high efficiency and low cost for the fuel conditioning stage in SOFC applications.

Dr. Alessandro Dell'Era
Dr. Enrico Bocci
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Keywords

  • advanced materials
  • catalysts
  • fuel cells
  • energy production
  • gas cleaning
  • contaminants removal

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