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22 Years of Innovation in Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

Adaptive Energy is the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of SOFC for low-watt power. Our innovative microtubular technology has made us the industry leader for resilient, rugged and flexible energy solutions.

Photo by David Bohrer / National Assoc. of Manufacturers

Leader in Commercializing
Microtubular SOFC Technology

With more than 1,200 SOFC systems deployed worldwide, $80M invested in R&D, 20+ years of innovation and 12 active patents, Adaptive Energy is the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of SOFC for low-watt power.

The company originates out of technology developed at the University of Michigan in 1999. Today, we offer low-carbon backup, offgrid, continuous and portable power solutions — fueled by propane and natural gas — that are used in telecommunications, security,  transportation, oil/gas pipeline, and military applications.


12 active patents held


9 U.S. federal agencies and military branches served


$80 million R&D invested to date


1200 power systems deployed worldwide


1 megawatt of microtubular power generated to date

Meet Our Team

From world-class Ph.D.s and mechanical engineers to fuel cell production experts and thought leaders in clean energy, meet the team working every day to bring you the world’s most reliable low-watt SOFC power solutions.

Trusted Across Industries

More than 1,200 of our SOFC power systems have been deployed around the world and are used by the military as well as commercial markets including telecom, security, oil/gas pipeline, transportation and more.

Backup, Offgrid, Continuous & Portable Power

High-efficiency SOFC products flexible enough to integrate into any energy system, anywhere.

Performer Series

Our premier commercial offering, the Performer Series offers 250W and 1kW SOFCs for offgrid or backup power to critical loads in remote, harsh environments. The core advantages of Performer products are:


superior performance in extreme temperatures, from -40°C to 50°C


run on readily available fuel sources


low maintenance needs

Performer products offer days, weeks and even months of reliable backup power — instead of just hours from more traditional battery-only or gas generator backup systems.

And for remote sites that are only accessible by air, fuel efficiency is important because one 20-pound tank of propane can keep a Performer product running 80 hours.


Defender Series

Defender Series portable power systems function as range extenders, and many are designed for use in unmanned aerial systems (UAS).

The backpack-sized D350XR is preferred by the world’s largest military contractors and is the only fuel cell in its class running on propane.

The D450 was developed in partnership with Lockheed Martin for use in the Stalker XE UAS.

Endurance Series

Choose Endurance Series products for critical, low-watt commercial loads that require continuous primary or auxiliary power.

Using the same high-efficiency technology behind the Performer Series, systems in the Endurance line are optimized to run at least 10,000 hours on less than 10 system cycles and are ideal for use in midstream oil/gas applications such as pipeline monitoring and cathodic protection.

Research Partners

We work closely with private and public research organizations — including the Department of Defense and Department of Energy — to further our mission of developing the world’s most durable, lowest cost, low-watt SOFC power solutions.

Since our founding in 1999, our technology has received more than $80 million in federal research and development funding to validate the hypothesis that co-extruding ceramic materials can be a scalable, low-cost process for producing high-quality, microtubular SOFCs.

Use Cases

Critical infrastructure that’s powered by our SOFCs includes:

    • Railroad switches and signals throughout the hurricane-prone Gulf Coast
    • Weather camera stations along key aviation paths in Alaska
    • Radio towers at remote border crossings in Texas and Washington
    • Unmanned Aerial Systems used by the United States Military

Fuel Cell FAQs

Learn more about our technology and find out if it’s right for your energy system.

What makes your products reliable?

Unlike all other types of fuel cells, our proprietary microtubular design offers built-in redundancy. Power controls on the stack allow individual fuel cells to fail, so the system will never go down even if a single tube falters. Our products offer peace of mind that your load will be powered no matter what.

Do your systems operate in extreme cold?


Other technologies are vulnerable to failure in freezing environments: Thermoelectric generators (TEG) produce liquid water during the reaction, and proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEM) or direct methanol fuel cells (DMFC) must be kept moist. However, our Solid Oxide Fuel Cells are engineered to store, start and operate in temperatures from -40°C to 50°C. They produce no liquid water and are constructed of heat-resistant ceramic tubes that will not freeze. This means you’ll never have downtimes caused by cold weather.

What’s your fuel efficiency?

Our systems operate at 20% fuel efficiency, which is significantly greater than other technologies like thermoelectric generators (TEGs) or gas/diesel generators. Plus, our systems run on propane, which is cleaner than diesel and bypasses the carbon inefficiencies of converting hydrogen into power. When decarbonization is crucial to your business, our SOFCs are the only option.

Can a 250W system operate at a lower output?

Yes. And operating at a lower output would extend the system’s run hours but not its cycles. The degradation during cycles is accumulated during the warming and cooling period, not how many times it cycles on and off.

Do your products integrate with hybrid power systems?

Yes. Our products integrate seamlessly with A/C grid, generator, battery, DC-DC, wind or solar technologies — even serving as the rectifier if necessary — or can be included in new installations. To minimize lifecycle cost, we provide targeted engineering support for each application. 

How long can a 250W system run on a 20-lb propane tank?

One 20-pound BBQ-sized tank of propane from your local gas station can keep one of our Solid Oxide Fuel Cell systems running for 80 hours. This gives you plenty of time to schedule a site visit to switch out the propane tanks before the system runs out of fuel.


What Is Your Uptime Challenge?

Our custom performance model simulates how our products can improve your uptimes and reduce your total energy cost. Contact us today to find out how we can help.