Influence of the oxygen electrode and inter-diffusion barrier on the degradation of solid oxide electrolysis cells

Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article – Annual report year: 2013

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Two Solid Oxide Electrolysis Cells (SOECs) with different oxygen electrodes have been tested in galvanostatic tests carried out at −1.5 Acm−2 and 800 °C converting 60% of a 50:50% mixture of H2O and CO2 (co-electrolysis). One of the cells had an LSM:YSZ oxygen electrode. The other had an CGO inter-diffusion barrier sandwiched between the YSZ electrolyte and an LSCF:CGO oxygen electrode. Impedance Spectroscopy was used during the tests to diagnose the change in electrochemical response of the different components of the SOECs. The results showed a significantly lower degradation rate for the cell with an LSCF:CGO oxygen electrode. This was attributed to three different effects: (1) The LSCF electrode was found to be more stable than its LSM:YSZ based counterpart. (2) The crack propagation in the YSZ electrolyte was less severe in the cell with an LSCF electrode. (3) The Ni:YSZ degradation was less severe in the cell with an LSCF electrode. We hypothesize further that (2) is an effect of the CGO inter-diffusion layer and that (3) is an indirect effect of (2).
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Power Sources
Pages (from-to)349-357
StatePublished - 2013
CitationsWeb of Science® Times Cited: 50


  • SOEC, Solid oxide electrolysis cell, Co-electrolysis, Electrolysis, Degradation, MIEC
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