[RenewableEnergyAccess.com] BTU International signed a license and joint development agreement with Boston University (BU) focused on improving processes used to manufacture solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC). SOFC refers to fuel cells in which the electrolyte is made of solid ceramics. The anode is usually a ceramic-metal composite material and the cathode is lanthanum-strontium manganese oxide. The technology has emerged as a possible power option for hybrid electric vehicles (HEV), in auxiliary power units, and in some portable electronics. The SOFC technology in development at BU is applicable to both high-temperature and intermediate-temperature material systems. BTU and BU will address the topics of one-step co-firing, lower sintering temperatures and faster binder removal during the development process, all of which will be conducted in BU’s manufacturing engineering department.