Development of High Performance Intermediate Temperature Proton-Conducting Solid Oxide Electrolysis Cells

Thursday, 5 October 2017: 13:40
National Harbor 7 (Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center)
W. Wu, D. Ding, and T. He (Idaho National Laboratory)
Steam electrolysis by solid oxide fuel cell technology, known as SOEC, is considered the most efficient and cost effective option for hydrogen production from renewable sources. By using proton-conducting electrolyte, the SOEC operating temperature can be reduced from over 800oC to below 600oC. Technical barriers associated with the conventional oxygen-ion conducting SOECs, such as hydrogen separation from water, oxidation of steam electrode, and instability of oxygen electrode, can be largely mitigated. In this report, an intermediate temperature (400-600°C) electrolysis technology was developed where a novel proton-conductor and a triple-conducting oxide were used as the electrolyte and anode, respectively. The electrolysis cell demonstrated excellent performance and durability at intermediate temperatures, promising a new prospective for next-generation steam electrolysis.