The aim of the IEA Technology Collaboration Program Advanced Fuel Cells programme is to enhance the state of understanding of all contracting parties in the field of advanced fuel cells, through a co-ordinated programme of research, technology development and systemanalysis.
There is a strong emphasis on national and international information exchange through task meetings, workshops and reports. The work is undertaken on a task-sharing basis with each participating country providing an agreed level of effort over the period of the task.
The planned activities include:
- Performing and monitoring of R&D activities (including cost analysis for cells, stacks and systems)
- System and market analysis (including technological, economic and ecological aspects)
- Analysis of market and implementation barriers
- Reinforced disseminations activities (including newsletters, annual reports, workshops, specific reports on current issues, etc.).
The AFC Technology Collaboration Program has nine active annexes. These compromise three technology-based annexes (MCFC, SOFC and PEFC), four application-based annexes
(stationary, transportation, portable applications, electrolysis), with the Systems Analysis Annex encompassing all these areas, and the Modelling Annex focusing on this specific area.