Molten Carbonate Fuel Cell

University of Connecticut (UConn), a premier research institution in the State of Connecticut, is conducting cutting edge research in MCFC technology in collaboration with federal agencies and industry partners. The research team at UConn is focused on (a) the development and validation of mechanistic understanding of various degradation processes associated with long term cell, stack and systems operation, (b) identification of degradation mitigation strategies and (c) experimental validation and implementation of degradation mitigation approaches in the MCFC systems.

University of Connecticut, through its Center for Clean Energy Engineering (C2E2), offers state of the art laboratory capabilities for long term electrochemical testing, advanced materials synthesis, in-situ and ex-situ characterization of active and inactive cell and stack components, and structural characterization of pre and post tested cell components. Active research areas include:

• Matrix materials stability evaluation and mechanisms
• Development of advanced matrix materials and salt chemistry
• High temperature wetting behavior of molten salt
• Liquid- solid-gas interactions and corrosion
• Oxide solubility in oxidizing and reducing atmospheres.

University of Connecticut works closely with FuelCell Energy and US Department of Energy.  University of Connecticut, through its Fraunhofer Center for Energy innovation, also conducts research in advanced fuel cell systems.  To learn more on this research, please contact us.