In general, SOFC technology is the ideal solution for structures with a constant and significant base load of energy, hence also Data Centres are increasingly adopting it.
- Very high electrical efficiency
- Manufacturing with low cost materials
- Fuel-flexible: can be operated with a wide range of fuels
- High operation temperatures allow use of the heat for cogeneration
- Low emission technology (potentially zero-emission with hydrogen)
SOFC is an emerging energy technology, that is becoming competitive and is on the verge of making the step to mass production: SOFC technology owes its current success to its variety of possible applications and advantages, as well as the still high margin for cost reduction.
Large players from different fields are increasingly recognising the high-potential of the SOFC technology. Below we mention some:
- Bosch Thermotechnology signed a deal with SOLIDpower, the SOSLeM project coordinator, for the commercialisation of their SOFC-based BlueGEN m-CHP unit
- Microsoft launched a revolutionary project that aims at changing the energy supply of data centres, based on the SOFC technology of SOLIDpower, European SOFC manufacturer
- More than 1.000 BlueGEN units have been manufactured and sold by SOLIDpower, mainly in Europe