JP-10 Based SOFC Power Generator for Undersea Vehicles
Agency / Branch:
DOD / OSD
This project addresses the development of a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) system for converting the chemical energy in JP-10 fuel to electric power. The system will be designed to support the deployment of next generation unmanned undersea vehicles (UUVs) and undersea weapons. The power plant will integrate a fuel-processing unit with an SOFC and an electrical/mechanical drive-train to accommodate the vehicle's needs for propulsion and hotel loads. The proposed system is anticipated to provide a superior range compared to conventional battery or combustion based propulsion systems as the mission power will be provided by the much more efficient SOFC. The results of the proposed project will lay the foundation for low-cost, high energy density, reliable, safe, long-duration, and easily refueled power sources for UUV propulsion. Phase I research activities are focused on SOFC system concept development utilizing innovative approaches and a state-of-the-art anode supported SOFC technology with a proven track record for durability and performance. High power density SOFC stacks will be a key stepping stone in reducing the size and cost of the power generator.
Small Business Information at Submission:
Director DFC/T Product Development
Director of Government Contracts
FUELCELL ENERGY, INC.
3 Great Pasture Rd. Danbury, CT 06813
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