Project Name
Development and demonstration of manufacturing and operation
of clean and efficient power generation based on Solid Oxide Fuel Cells


The demo SOFC project – with the participants Topsoe Fuel Cell, Wärtsilä and Haldor Topsøe – was kicked off October 1, 2006. The full title of the project is “Development and dEmonstration of Manufacturing and Operation of clean and efficient power generation based on Solid Oxide Fuel Cells”.

On September 30, 2010 the project was duly closed after a total duration of 48 months. The final report of the project is available.

The project objectives are multiple:

  • Demonstrating semi-industrial manufacturing methods and obtaining radical cost reduction of SOFC cells and stacks in a new flexible, semi-industrial manufacturing facility.
  • Demonstrating the quality of the SOFC components through design, construction and operation of a 50 kWe SOFC power generating system operating on bio fuel (methanol) as well as natural gas.
  • Making SOFC cells and stacks available for the coming fuel cell test and demonstration activities in EU.
  • Paving the way for cleaner and more efficient electricity generation for the future.

The overall budget is EUR 13.4 million of which EUR 4.8 million has been granted by the EU LIFE Environment programme.


Topsoe Fuel Cell is responsible for design and construction of the SOFC cell and stack manufacturing facility, which will have a capacity of 150,000 – 200,000 cells and 2,000 stacks. Wärtsilä will build and run a 50 kWe SOFC demonstration unit based on cells and stacks from the new manufacturing facility. Haldor Topsøe, the mother company of Topsoe Fuel Cell, will act as project administrator.
Project Acronym
Topsoe Fuel Cell, Wärtsilä and Haldor Topsøe
Oct 1, 2006 – Sep 30, 2010
Total Budget
EUR 13.4 million
Grant from EU LIFE
Environment Programme

EUR 4.8 million