Cheaper to manufacture, more efficient and more reliable, we protect our unique technology, system architecture and manufacturing know-how through a growing IP portfolio of patent families.

Cheaper to manufacture

SteelCell™ is made from commodity materials such as steel and ceramics, using the same standard manufacturing processes and equipment as the solar industry. With these easily scalable processes and inherently low-cost raw materials, SteelCell™ can be mass-produced at low-cost and high-volume – and, with our new high-speed print line, cycle time is ten times faster than before. With cost not a limiting factor, widespread adoption is achievable. 

More efficient

Fuel cells can save up to a third of a typical home’s energy bill and CO2 emissions, with almost no SOx and NOx emissions. Current efficiency of 35-40% from traditional centralised power generation can be improved to around 50% without the transmission and distribution losses that occur through the grid. Efficiency can be improved further to > 90% if a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) system is used for heating water. Distributed power generation based on SteelCell™ technology can also help meet increased energy demands more cost effectively and quickly than expensive investment in replacing the traditional power infrastructure. To make the most efficient use of their significant imports of Liquefied Natural Gas, Japan and South Korea are leading the way in fuel cell commercialisation, as is the US with its abundance of natural gas.

More reliable

SteelCell™ is more stable and durable in the face of real-world operating conditions than other Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) designs and unlike some fuel cells is not inhibited by the lack of a hydrogen infrastructure. One of the key drivers of the shift towards distributed power generation is the need for reliable power and this evolution is being enabled by maturing technology and abundant gas reserves.  By balancing overall energy output, fuel cells can also help integrate growing, but intermittent, renewables into the energy mix to secure flexible low-carbon supply.