UMERC News Story
Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Research Sparks Media Coverage
A recent press release covering University of Maryland Energy Research Center director Eric Wachsman's work with fuel cell development and concern about the direction of U.S. fuel cell policy has been picked up or generated further stories by publications including Scientific American, MSNBC, Physorg.com, and MIT's Technology Review.
The Clark School story, "Want Fuel Cells? Think Outside the Hydrogen Tank," focused on the little-known solid-oxide fuel cell (SOFC), which unlike its better known sibling, the proton exchange membrane (PEM), does not require hydrogen to generate power. The SOFC can convert any fuel into energy; for example, diesel or natural gas now, and hydrogen and biofuels in the future. This capability, Washcman says, makes it an ideal technology to use to ease our transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy, particularly since SOFCs are approximately three times more efficient at generating power than internal combustion.