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Our history

Building the Future of Solid Oxide Fuel Cells 

With nearly 2,000 SOFC systems deployed worldwide, $80M invested in R&D, 20+ years of fuel cell manufacturing expertise and 12 active patents, Adaptive Energy is the world’s leading provider of SOFC for low-watt power. 

More Than 20 Years Commercializing SOFC Technology 

Since 1999, Adaptive Energy has been innovating and pushing forward what’s possible with microtubular SOFC. Acknowledged globally as cutting-edge technology, our systems are in use by US federal agencies such as Customs & Border Protection, the Federal Aviation Administration and the USDA Forest Service, along with commercial customers including AT&T and several class I railroads throughout North America.  

Our customers know they can trust our products to provide reliable power even in the harshest of conditions.


Founded as Adaptive Materials, Inc., in Ann Arbor, with a hypothesis that co-extruding ceramic materials could be a scalable, low-cost process for producing high-quality, portable microtubular SOFCs. 


Funded by DOD and DOE grants, our early years focused on process demonstration and proof of concept in low-wattage military applications. 


Demonstrated the world’s first portable, functional SOFC system. 


Moved to full-scale manufacturing facility and expanded Product Development and R&D to grow what would become the commercial and defense platforms. 


AMI and Lockheed Martin began collaboration on the 245W range-extending fuel cell for the Stalker UAV platform. 


Ultra Electronics, a British defense and energy company, acquired AMI to take the next steps in maturing our manufacturing processes and to pursue new markets. 


Won first major commercial contract, for Performer Series 250W stationary backup system, from  Redhawk Energy, LLC. 


Spun out as Adaptive Energy, LLC, a privately held American company executing on the next phase of growth:  More Power. Longer Life. Lower Cost. 


Due to customer demand for longer runtime and fewer cycles, we launched the Endurance Series, offering continuous auxiliary or primary power. 


Released the fourth generation of Performer Series P250i, the primary commercial product; a 450W Defender Series product for military UAV; and the Performer Series P1000, a 1kW SOFC. 

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.

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.