The Ceramics Department CEREL in Boguchwala (near Rzeszow) is one of the five IEn’s branches located outside Warsaw.

The CEREL Department  is specialised in advanced ceramic materials and technology – in particular in investigation of ceramic membranes for oxygen separation and fuel cells.

The CEREL’s Laboratory of Fuel Cells is equipped with two devices for tape casting technology, the screen printer, the spray dryer, the vacuum dryer and three furnaces as well as rolls which are used to propel ball mills. The first tape casting device is used for preparation the ceramic foil of dimensions of 1000x300 mm and the second one is utilized for manufacturing the foil of dimensions of 200x300 mm. The screen printing device is used for fabrication the thin ceramic layers of the thickness of 10µm and thicker. The granulated products of various ceramic powders are obtained by utilizing the spray dryer. The vacuum dryer is used for deaeration of suspensions made from ceramic powders and organic binders. The furnaces are utilized in laboratory scale for sintering various ceramic elements and samples. The volume of chamber of the first furnace amounts 64 litres, second 14 litres and third one - 2,5 litres. The working temperature of these furnaces reaches 1650 and 1750°C respectively. The basic properties of raw materials for manufacturing the fuel cells and ready sinters are determined in the Laboratory of Raw Materials and Ceramic Testing. Applied powders are tested in the direction of the average grain diameters, the bulk density and the angle of slide while for the ready membrane of fuel cell the hardness and the wet chemical analysis are executed. The Laboratory of Fuel Cells in CEREL closely cooperates with Thermal Processing Department in the range of determining the electrical properties of performed fuel cells.  

The Fuel Cells Department of the Thermal Engineering Division and Ceramics Department CEREL are the only research centre in Poland which has got possibilities for production and testing of SOFCs larger than in laboratory scale.

The head of CEREL Department is Ryszard Nowak

Institute of Power Engineering

Research Institute

Mory 8, 01-330 Warsaw, Poland

Tel. (+48 22) 836 32 25,

fax: (+48 22) 838 81 15,


Director: dr Jacek Wankowicz

Institute of Power Engineering (IEn) is one of the largest institutes in Poland conducting research on energy technology. The Institute was established in 1953 and currently employs over 500 people. The Institute consists of the Central Unit in Warsaw and five branches in various regions of Polish: Gdansk Branch, Ceramics Department CEREL in Boguchwala near Rzeszow, Heating Technology Branch in Lodz, Department of Sanitary Technology Branch in Radom and Prototype Department in Bialystok.

The Institute provides research, development and expert services for the energy sector (including the development of new machinery and equipment for power stations and power grids, modernization of power plants and their equipment, providing principles for the construction and start-up of the large generation units, laboratory testing of equipment and electrical appliances). Recently, the Institute carries out advanced research on the development of new energy technologies:

  • electricity generation from biomass (combustion, gasification),
  • clean coal technologies (coal and biomass co-firing, gasification, oxy-combustion, CO2 capture, NOx reduction),
  • solid-oxide fuel cells (materials research, new coatings and structures),
  • wind power (power plant to power grid),
  • smart energy networks,
  • advanced ceramic materials (nanotechnology).

The Institute's research groups are involved in numerous international research projects of  Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (currently DEMOYS, HYDROSOFC, EFFECTS, FC-EuroGrid, FC-DISTRICT, SOFCOM, SENERES, SECTOR, HYPER, RELCOM), the Research Fund for Coal and Steel (SMARTBURN, FLOXCOAL II) and the Central Europe Programme (4BIOMASS).


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