Technology Why Is It Unique?
It’s the unique chemistry of our people and our technology that differentiates the SteelCell®. With sixteen years of intelligent investment in research and development, it is no coincidence that Ceres Power’s platform is attracting the attention of the biggest and brightest minds in the energy sector.
With the potential to be the most cost-effective and robust fuel cell technology, the SteelCell® offers exceptional efficiency and unrivalled reliability. As a Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC), the SteelCell® can use conventional fuels like mains natural gas from the existing infrastructure and can make an immediate improvement to energy costs, CO2 emissions and energy security for businesses, homes and vehicles.
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.
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.
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.