Chapter 1

Introduction to Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

João Paulo de Freitas Grilo, Caroline Gomes Moura and Daniel Araújo de Macedo

Abstract

Fuel cells are electrochemical devices that convert chemical energy into electrical energy with high potential for commercial power generation applications. Among various types of existing fuel cells, solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) is one of the most promising types of fuel cells, due mainly to its ability to utilize several types of fuels such as hydrogen, CO, hydrocarbon fuels, and ethanol. This chapter introduces the reader into the fundamentals of SOFCs, including its working principle and the main components used as electrodes.

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