Durability of solid oxide electrolysis stack under dynamic load cycling for syngas production

Megha Rao, Xiufu Sun*, Anke Hagen

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A 6-cell solid oxide electrolysis stack was tested under H2O + CO2 co-electrolysis conditions. The cells used in the stack consisted of a nickel-yttria stabilized zirconia (Ni-YSZ) fuel electrode, YSZ electrolyte and lanthanum strontium cobaltite-gadolinium doped ceria (LSC-GDC) composite oxygen electrode. The aim of this study was to investigate the stack durability when operated under dynamic load conditions simulating a wind energy powered SOEC stack for synthesis gas production. The degradation of the stack was observed to be less than 1%/1000 h in terms of area specific resistance during the 1000 h operation. Detailed electrochemical analysis revealed a constant ohmic resistance, indicating intact contact in the stack. Only minor degradation was observed, mainly due to the fuel electrode process. The overall stack voltage degradation rate was 0.8%/1000 h.
Original languageEnglish
Article number227781
JournalJournal of Power Sources
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Solid oxide electrolysis stac
  • Dynamic load testing
  • Durability
  • Syngas production
  • Electrochemical impedance spectroscop


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