Solid State Energy Alliance Formed

$500 million government and industry initiative to achieve mass production of low-cost ceramic fuel cells within ten years.

Published: 03-Jan-2002

WASHINGTON, DC -- Four fuel cell technologies include phosphoric acid fuel cells (PAFC), proton exchange membrane (PEM), solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) and molten carbonate fuel cells (MCFC), and advances are being driven by the discovery of new materials, new manufacturing processes, and significant support from government and private industry.

Companies and governments are spending US$1 billion a year to develop fuel cell technology, says Mark Williams at the National Energy Technology Laboratory in Pittsburgh, who expects the fuel cell market to grow from $50 million this year to $20 billion a year by 2010.

The U.S. Department of Energy has formed the Solid State Energy Conversion Alliance, a $500 million government and industry initiative to achieve mass production of low-cost ceramic fuel cells within ten years. The goal is to produce 5 kW fuel cell modules that can be stacked and mass customized for various applications.

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