Created in 2000, HTceramix SA is a dynamic and rapidly progressing developer of high temperature electroceramic applications in the field of energy and gas conversion devices. At the heart of its development is the SOFConnex™ based Solid Oxide Fuel Cell stack, which uses a unique approach for stacking ceramic fuel cells. This key component combines perfectly with HTc’ own and other manufacturers’ cells. HTc has continuously demonstrated increased specific and absolute power over the past few years, sufficient to start commercializing its products now.
Major advantage for system integrators : The SOFConnex™ technology is flexible and allows customisation of stacks at low cost. The same technology also encounters industrial interest for adaptation to oxygen membrane syngas reactors and high temperature electrolysers.
As a university spin off, HTc cooperates closely with and has privileged access to the test, analysis and simulation capacity of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). Within EU projects, academic partners are Forschungszentrum Jülich (DE), the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) and Risoe (DK). HTc holds a key position by providing SOFC stacks. HTc’ flexibility in stack design and cell integration enables all partners to effectively benefit from these joint research efforts.
Today, several partners are integrating HTc’ stacks or components into their systems with the aim of developing and commercialising products. Their various markets range from portable power to combined heat and power (CHP). HTc’ pilot production laboratory has delivered cells and prototype stacks to customers in Europe, North America and Asia, and its products encounter commercial interest in the Near East and South America.
HTc exclusively uses scaleable processes compatible with cost effective industrial mass production. For large scale production, HTc is considering joint ventures and licensing agreements with powder and ceramic manufacturers to achieve the demanding price targets of today’s energy industry. Technical evaluations are already ongoing with established industries.