Project achievements: Soctesqa - Improving and standardising test procedures for solid oxide stacks

A fuel cell generates electricity at high efficiencies and without any harmful emissions. In order to exploit its full potential, it is essential to continue improving the technology by putting in place test procedures and validation systems. Adopting such test protocols will play an important role in boosting market introduction of fuel cell technologies, as they provide customers with a reliable basis for comparison of performance.

FCH JU- funded SOCTESQA project aims to develop and validate industry wide harmonised test procedures for high temperature solid oxide cells. Covering both solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) and the solid oxide electrolysis cells (SOEC), the project builds on experiences gained in the previous FP6 projects FCTESTNET, FCSTEQA, taking up the methodology developed there and expanding it to the tests of stacks.

The project has provided an experimentally validated set of generic test modules (11) and application oriented test programmes (4) addressing performance, durability and degradation focused on four applications. These are based on the operation of the SOFC cell/stack assembly in the fuel cell and in the electrolysis mode, but also in combined operation: SOFC-micro-CHP and distributed power generation, SOFC_APU, SOEC for hydrogen production, and Combined SOFC/SOEC for electricity storage. As result, SOCTESQA project research will lead to the publication of three new international standards (by 2019).

In conclusion, the project has made a valuable contribution towards defining standard test procedures for solid oxide stacks, which is key for the successful technological progress and market implementation of solid oxide cell technology and associated industry.

Find out more about the project here.