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Research Capabilities

Fuel Cells

Fuel cells will play an important role in securing our energy future by providing efficient, environmentally friendly electrical energy while extending the capacity of our fossil fuel supply. However, fuel cells will only come into broad public use when their cost is significantly reduced which cannot happen until they are available for a wide variety of applications. The Solid State Energy Conversion Alliance's (SECA) goal is to create a solid oxide fuel cell (3-10 kW) that can be mass produced in modular form. Used individually or in clusters, depending on the amount of energy required, these fuel cells will be able to power a broad array of applications. As the number of uses for fuel cells grows, per unit costs can be reduced as high-volume production technologies are brought to bear.

Energy and Environment

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