SOFCs can run off multiple fuel sources – typically natural gas, renewable gas, or hydrogen. When powered by natural gas the CO2 emissions will typically be 50% less than with the traditional grid. When powered by renewable gas, power generation is carbon neutral, and when by hydrogen – zero.
Importantly, SOFCs are modular in design and easily transportable meaning that they can potentially play a critical role of creating the distributed energy grid of the future. This transition from a centralised grid to a decentralised one where traditional power users can effectively become suppliers (for example by better harnessing their waste heat and converting it to energy through a SOFC) is viewed as a central building block for meeting tomorrow’s future clean energy needs.
SOFCs can also play a critical role in meeting the world’s future clean energy transport needs with hydrogen powered vehicles already a reality today.
In fact SOFCs have the ability to provide an always ready back-up power source both for industry and utilities in the event of a critical power failure. SOFCs represent an essential building block in creating tomorrow’s clean energy world.
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