Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) are the most efficient (>60%)
electrochemical devices yet invented for conversion of hydrogen
directly into electrical power, without combustion and producing water
as exhaust gas) . Solid Oxide Electrolyser Cells (SOEC) c orrespond
to the reverse operation of SOFC. Steam is provided instead a fuel at
the steam/fuel electrode with electricity to produce hydrogen. Fuel
cells technology is considered the cleanest route to produce
electricity and hydrogen for its non-greenhous e emission operation.
In this project a study of the electrodes and their processing is
proposed, laying a base for field testing through the development of
steam/fuel and oxygen electrodes, with improved properties from the
raw materials, processing and design. This study will be supported by
measurements on the materials after and before processing (i.e.
electrical conductivity, oxygen exchange, micro-structural analysis
and mechanical properties).