Fuel Cells

We have considerable interest and expertise in the area of electrochemical energy conversion and storage.  The research covers a wide range of fuel cell, batteries and gas storage projects exploring both the fundamental materials and system level considerations. 

Research includes both EPSRC and industry funded projects through schemes such as the H2FC Supergen, CASE studentships and via our industrial networks. We have an extensive range of facilities including usual analytical and electrochemical diagnostic equipment but also two gas safe laboratories and capability for automated unattended running of devices.

Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Ceres Power

The core product of Ceres Power Limited (CPL) is an innovative design, the Steel Cell (SC), is a stainless steel Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) forming the core component of the wider Ceres Technology Platform (CTP). 

The Steel Cell is a clever combination of metallic and ceramic components that produces efficient, low carbon, reliable and cost effective power generation at the point of use. As part of the development of the Steel Cell, further understanding of the materials used in the volume production of this SOFC technology will highlight potential advancements in the manufacturing systems and to allow the generation of useful predictive behaviourial models of the components as they undergo processing. This project looks to capitalise on the knowledge of both sides of the partnership to develop such material data and enhance commercial deployment of the Ceres Technology Platform by optimising performance and cost.

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Novel diagnostic tools and techniques for monitoring and control of SOFC stacks - understanding mechanical and structural change

We are undertaking research activities specific to EPRSC grant ref. EP/M02346X/1 concerning the development of novel diagnostic techniques and understanding of mechanical and structural degradation mechanisms in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs).

The project is a part of a major UK-South Korea collaborative project with Imperial College London and Loughborough University as UK partners and KIER, POSTECH and Hankook Oil as Korean partners.  Lancaster’s role in the project is to provide understand of the structural response of anode supported SOFCs (designs from partners) during various operational cycles.  This will are developing structural simulations by finite element analysis and high-resolution optical experimental techniques to validate the models and observe change and failure in anode supported SOFC.

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