High-Temperature Fuel Cell Plants and Applications

  • Viviana Cigolotti
  • Robert Steinberger-Wilckens
  • Stephen J. McPhail
  • Hary Devianto
Part of the Green Energy and Technology book series (GREEN)


High-temperature fuel cells (HTFCs) have real and imminent potential for implementation of clean, high-efficiency conversion of renewable and waste-derived fuels. Thanks to their capability to operate relatively easily on hydrocarbon-based fuels, and to their increased durability and higher tolerance to inevitable contaminants in the alternative fuels utilized, these integrated solutions are constantly spreading world-wide. The modular build-up of HTFCs makes them adamantly suitable to a decentralised energy infrastructure, which relieves dependencies on primary energy carrier imports and encourages local productivity. In the transitional phase from fossil to renewable fuels, utilization of natural gas in HTFCs allows for the immediate implementation in the established grid infrastructure, reduces CO2 emissions and accelerates the development to full maturity necessary for large-scale market penetration.


Fuel Cell Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Biogas Plant Fuel Cell System Molten Carbonate Fuel Cell 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Viviana Cigolotti
    • 1
  • Robert Steinberger-Wilckens
    • 2
  • Stephen J. McPhail
    • 3
  • Hary Devianto
    • 4
  1. 1.ENEA—Italian National Agency for New TechnologiesEnergy and Sustainable Economic Development, C.R. PorticiPortici (Naples)Italy
  2. 2.Forschungszentrum JülichJülichGermany
  3. 3.ENEA—Italian National Agency for New TechnologiesEnergy and Sustainable Economic Development, C.R. CasacciaRomeItaly
  4. 4.Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty Industrial TechnologyBandung Institute of TechnologyBandungIndonesia

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