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Research paper : Evaluating Uncertainty for the Standardization of Single Cell/Stack Power Generation Performance Tests for SOFC (A. Momma et al.)−260−Synthesiology - English edition Vol.5 No.4 (2013) seems to be a common saying among the specialists in the field that “the biggest uncertainty lies in those factors that have not been considered.” In our evaluation of uncertainty for the draft standard, the following may fall under that category: (1) Change in performance due to temperature distribution (as suggested above);(2) Operator-to-operator variability;(3) Sample variability;(4) Drift due to time-dependent change.It follows therefore that we have not been able to escape the curse of the above-mentioned proverb, either. Some of these factors were intentionally omitted based on our guiding principles on uncertainty evaluation. The concept of drift due to time-dependent degradation is crucial when discussing the durability of SOFC, and we are currently in the midst of discussions regarding the testing methods for the durability of SOFC.Thus, we have discussed the approach we have selected for international standardization that is a must for a new technology to become globally commercialized and accepted. We would consider it a work well done if it can in any way serve as a guide for our colleagues involved in the development of technology, and at the same time invite you to submit any feedback or criticisms of uncertainty evaluation. AcknowledgementThis study was made possible by the Research and Development Project on Standardization and Certification and the Joint Research and Development Project on International Standardization funded by METI. 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In preparing for this paper, he was responsible for managing the committee work, conducting various electrochemical measurements, evaluating the uncertainty equation, and writing and editing. Kiyonami TakanoGraduated from the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Tokushima in 1966. Joined the Electrotechnical Laboratory of the Agency of Industrial Science and Technology of the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (the predecessor of METI). After engaging in the research of the simulation technology of lithium secondary battery from 1991, began working on the research for the power generation evaluation of SOFC in 2001. Currently guest researcher at the Fuel Cell System Group of the Energy Technology Research Institute. In this study, he was in charge of conducting pressure dependence tests for single cells, temperature distribution measurements, and uncertainty evaluation.