The 190-kW, natural gas-fueled demonstration unit running at the National Fuel Cell Research Center at the University of California-Irvine, has achieved 53% efficiency, believed to be a world record for any fuel cell system and emits oxides of nitrogen (NOx) at only 2% of the level of conventional natural gas-fueled turbine generators. It is believed the 53% efficiency level can be raised to 60% for small units and to 70% or higher for large systems. SOFCs do not employ expensive ...

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