Solid Oxide Electrolysis Forum (EFCF 2020): Featuring Solid Oxide Technologies, Fuel Cells,Electrolyzers, Membrane Reactors, CO2 Emission Reduction and Re-use

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The European Solid Oxide Fuel Cell and Solid Oxide Electrolysis Forum 2020 (EFCF2020) was chaired by Prof. Anke Hagen and Prof. Peter Vang Hendriksen from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). Even though it was the 14th in the traditional series, it was a very special event. The conference had to react on the Covid-19 restrictions, which required in the planning first a postponement and a transition from the well-known physical to a mixed physical-virtual and finally to a completely virtual event which took place from 20 to 23 October 2020. The forum succeeded in attracting a large community from all over the world, presenting and discussing the recent achievements of science and industry (

The conference featured 115 oral and 116 poster presentations including live discussions. The contributions revealed clear progress on the fundamental understanding of processes and materials and increased pace on upscale, demonstration, and commercialization.

Sessions included presentations of state-of-the-art and novel materials, cell/stack designs, and manufacturing routes, emerging technologies based on solid oxides (e.g., proton-conducting oxide fuel and electrolysis cells), degradation mechanisms and overall lifetimes, advanced characterization techniques, modeling, and solid oxide technology integration and energy system perspectives (e.g., CO2 capture and re-use, power-to-X, etc.). Major research groups and industries provided insight into the most recent technology status, products, and concepts.

Following the conference, a number of contributors were invited to present their papers in a Special Issue of Fuel Cells – From Fundamentals to Applied Systems. The included papers in this issue reflect the broad scope of the conference series—they span from investigations of degradation mechanisms currently limiting cell lifetime to studies of operational aspects (reversible operation, gas recycle) and use of different fuels and fuel cleaning methods.
Original languageEnglish
JournalFuel Cells
Issue number5
Pages (from-to)414-414
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event24th European Fuel Cell Forum - KKL Lucerne, Virtual event, Switzerland
Duration: 20 Oct 202023 Oct 2020
Conference number: 24


Conference24th European Fuel Cell Forum
LocationKKL Lucerne
CityVirtual event


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