The University of South Carolina's Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Center, one of 51 SmartState Centers in South Carolina, has been ranked No. 1 in total funding among the centers with $54 million. The center is a world leader in solid oxide fuel cell and energy systems research. Solid oxide fuel cells are an essential component of advanced clean energy solutions, as they are highly efficient, work with a variety of fuels and emit no toxic byproducts.
The center's team of more than 50 faculty and students works to develop technology that can provide power for municipalities, rural areas and industries; heat and electricity for homes; automobiles that operate on several fuels without emissions; and long-lasting mobile power for computers, cell phones and other electronics. The center is directed by Ken Reifsnider, one of the world's preeminent energy researchers.
The SmartState Program was established in 2002 and is funded by the state lottery. It authorizes Clemson University, the Medical University of South Carolina and the University of South Carolina, the state’s three public research institutions, to use the funds to create Centers of Economic Excellence in research areas that will advance South Carolina's economy. The program has attracted more than $1.2 billion in non-state investment and has led to the creation of more than 7,000 jobs.
The center’s researchers are available for interviews to discuss their work and energy research.