European SOFC stakeholders workshop

The SOFC600 project convened European SOFC organisations (non-exclusive) for identifying critical issues for the development of SOFC technology towards commercialisation. In a workshop, on November 26 and 27, in the National Palace of Culture in Sofia, research and development needs for cells, stacks, systems, BOP components, etc have been discussed. The results and conclusions will be synthesised into a 'common voice document', that will be will be submitted to the European Commission and the FCH-JU.  

The presentations and provisional summaries can be accessed here.

March 2008 - High performance cell at 600C

The SOFC600 project achieved the project’s cell performance target by demonstrating a SOFC cell with an area specific resistance of 0.25 Ω/cm2 at 600°C delivering a current density of 0.92 A/cm2 at 0.7 V. The cell was designed and manufactured by the Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN), incorporating an advanced ceria barrier layer developed by Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ), Germany. Further development efforts will be dedicated to lifetime and robustness properties like Chromium tolerance and redox stability as well as operation on methane.

This link shows further performance data.


September 2007 - SOFC600 recognized by IPHE

On 21 September 2007 the SOFC600 project has been formally recognized and endorsed by the Steering Committee of the International Partnership for the Hydrogen Economy (IPHE).

IPHE website:

IPHE recognition SOFC600:


April 2007 - NRC meets performance targets

After one year the Canadian partner NRC demonstrated SOFC cells that meet the final performance target of the project. The cell concerns an anode-supported cell with a thin layer ceria electrolyte. Further research and development is required to reduce the short-circuit current, which is typical for ceria electrolytes and reduces the fuel cell efficiency, and for meeting other project targets on endurance and robustness.

NRC highlight:  


March 2007 - Five new partners join the SOFC600 project

On 1st of March 2007, one year after the start of the project, six new partners acceded to SOFC600. These are:
- Frantcecvych Institute for Problems of Materials Science (IPMS), from Ukraine
- Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), from China
- Boreskov Institute of Catalysis (BIC), from Russia
- Powder Metallurgy Institute (PMI) from Belarus
- Technical Research Centre (VTT) from Finland
- University of Oxford (Oxford) from the United Kingdom

Four of these organisations, IPMS, SJTU, BIC and PMI, entered throug a so-called Targeted Cooperation Countries call of the European Commission.

IPMS and SJTU strengthen the project by their contribution in the area of electrolyte development, while BIC, PMI and Oxford will focus their efforts on the internal reforming mode of SOFC operation. VTT significantly increases competence and capacity for cell and stack testing in the project. 


May 2007 - First annual review of SOFC600 project

Three independant experts, engaged by the European Commission, performed an assessment review of the SOFC600 project. The panel highly appreciated the targeted development approach of the project. Furthermore it concluded that actual progress and results are in accordance with the plan and promise the achievement of the final project targets and objectives. 


March 2006 - SOFC600 applies for IPHE endorsement

SOFC600 applied for recognition of the International Partnership of the Hydrogen Economy (IPHE). The IPHE is an international institution to accelerate the transition to a hydrogen economy and provides a mechanism for partners to organize, coordinate and implement effective, efficient, and focused international research, development, demonstration and commercial utilization activities related to hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.

This provides a link to the IPHE website: