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Issue 2, 2012
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Role of solid oxide fuel cells in a balanced energy strategy

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The 2012 Department of Energy (DOE) budget request significantly reduces fuel cell RD&D funding and would cease to support the Solid State Energy Conversion Alliance (SECA), DOE's solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) program. This would be a grave mistake considering the US's historic dominance in fuel cell RD&D, exciting recent technological advancements in fuel cells, and clear positive market signals around the globe. In this paper we discuss DOE's energy RD&D policy, how SOFCs address every key DOE strategy, and why recent advances should make SOFCs an integral part of our energy RD&D policy. Moreover, we compare the prospects of low temperature SOFCs with the more common proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) in the absence of a hydrogen infrastructure.

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The article was received on 23 Aug 2011, accepted on 19 Oct 2011 and first published on 07 Nov 2011

Article type: Analysis
DOI: 10.1039/C1EE02445K
Citation: Energy Environ. Sci., 2012,5, 5498-5509
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    Role of solid oxide fuel cells in a balanced energy strategy

    E. D. Wachsman, C. A. Marlowe and K. T. Lee, Energy Environ. Sci., 2012, 5, 5498
    DOI: 10.1039/C1EE02445K

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