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
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
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
“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