Ceramic Industry

H.C. Starck Ceramics and Kerafol Announce Fuel Cell Alliance

July 2, 2010
H.C. Starck Ceramics and Kerafol have announced their partnership in manufacturing, sales, and distribution of high-temperature SOFCs (solid oxide fuel cells) doped with scandium.

H.C. Starck Ceramics and Kerafol have announced their partnership in manufacturing, sales, and distribution of high-temperature SOFCs (solid oxide fuel cells) doped with scandium.

Because the scandium-doped zirconia used in these fuel cells is highly conductive, scandium-doped solid oxide fuel cells have the highest output potential of all electrolyte-supported fuel cells (ESC), and as a result are an essential, key component of innovative fuel cell technology.

The companies’ alliance creates new potential synergies that complement each other reciprocally, with Kerafol contributing its specialized knowledge of scandium-doped electrolytes and H.C. Starck its expertise in electrode manufacturing to the partnership. The result is the first high-output, scandium-doped cell with its origins in Europe.

In conjunction with the appropriate interconnectors, the new cells make it possible to manufacture SOFC stacks and systems with extraordinary performance and a long service life. Scandium-doped cells are particularly suited for use with interconnectors that contain a high percentage of chromium (CrFe5Y). The cell, marketed under the product name ESC 10, is available for purchase immediately.

“I am extremely pleased that thanks to H.C. Starck and Kerafol bundling their fuel cell expertise, we were able to develop this new, promising fuel cell product in such a short period of time,” says Andreas Sieverdingbeck, Ph.D., president of H.C. Starck Ceramics GmbH & Co. KG. “Each company’s range of competencies complements the other perfectly.”

“The results of our jointly-developed ESC cell were excellent, and as a result we can manufacture cells with significantly improved performance characteristics at market-friendly rates,” said Franz Koppe, president and owner of Kerafol–Keramische Folien GmbH. “Together, we are strong.”

For more information, visit www.hcstarck.com or www.kerafol.com.