Solid Oxide Fuel Cell SmartState Center ranked first in funding with $54 million

USC's Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) Center is one of 51 SmartState Centers in South Carolina created in 2002 and funded by the state lottery.

The state's three public research institutions, USC, MUSC and Clemson, have Centers of Economic Excellence in research areas to advance South Carolina's economy. The SOFC center is a world leader in solid oxide fuel cell and energy systems research. The center is directed by Ken Reifsnider, one of the world's preeminent energy researchers.


Dr. Frank Chen working in the lab with two of his students.

Teamwork is a huge element that advances our research. The synergy in the SOFC labs and the smiles you see daily are part of our teams.

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The Road to the Future

Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Center students built a fuel-flexible chemical electric car that showcases one of the practical applications of fuel cell technology.

The car was displayed at the Hilton Head Concours d'Elegance in 2009 and 2010, and was demonstrated at the National Auto Show in October, 2011.

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The Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Team

Dr. Reifsnider has assembled a team of researchers who are taking this effort to a new level.

In August the entire faculty, staff and their families gather to meet and greet each other at the beginning of the academic year. It is a time of fellowship and bonding that carries throughout the year.

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