News came through yesterday that Rolls Royce has acquired SOFCo-EFS Holdings LLC in Ohio from an engineering group called McDermott International Inc. This further bolsters Rolls Royce's knowledge and expertise in Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) technologies.
Danish industrial catalyst company Haldor Topsoe A/S is set to invest DKK 100 million (US$17 million) in a new subsidiary, Topsoe Fuel Cell, to build a fuel-cell pilot plant. The facility is being built to produce Solid Oxide Fuel-Cells (SOFC) with plans in the works to build a commercial plant by 2010.
Large solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) like the one in the photo to the right (see yesterday's related story here) isn't going to be fitting into any cars any time soon, but the technology behind it might. Researchers at Tufts University have found a way to continuously remove the sulfur that builds up in high-temperature fuel cells, according to Technology Review. Removing the sulfur is key because the fuel cells use fossil fuels (coal, oil, and natural gas) to generate hydrogen. High temperature
One of the bullet points in Delphi's announcement of their new fuel cell power system is so enticingly exciting, until you finish the sentence. The exciting part is "SOFC auxiliary power systems can save 85 percent of the billion gallons of fuel consumed annually in the U.S." and that's gotta leave a few environmentalists and fuel consumers breathing heavy. The end of the sentence, though, reads, "during extended idling of heavy trucks." Still, these solid oxide fuel cell auxiliary power systems