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Tubular SOFC with Deposited Nano-Scale YSZ Electrolyte

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Department of Energy
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1998 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
NexTech Materials, Ltd.
404 Enterprise Dr. Lewis Center, OH 43035-9423
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1998
Title: Tubular SOFC with Deposited Nano-Scale YSZ Electrolyte
Agency: DOE
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $749,943.00


100 Tubular SOFC with Deposited Nano-Scale YSZ Electrolyte--NexTech Materials, Ltd., 720 Lakerview Plaza Boulevard, Suite I, Worthington, OH 43085-4733; (614) 766-4895 Dr. Scott L. Swartz, Principal Investigator Mr. William J. Dawson, Business Official DOE Grant No. DE-FG02-97ER82443 Amount: $75,000 The development of large-scale power generation systems based on solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC), requires a less expensive materials approach in the fabrication of SOFC systems. The current process, called electrochemical vapor deposition, represents a major roadblock to full-scale commercialization of the technology due to its high cost. In this project, an alternative materials approach will be developed based on new technology for economically producing highly active ceramic powder dispersions. During Phase I, the feasibility of a low-cost fabrication approach will be demonstrated. This will entail producing active ceramic dispersions using nano-scale production technology. Processes will be developed for producing crack-free dense ceramic films on substrates currently used. In Phase II, the deposition process will be optimized and scaled up for performance evaluations. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: The described technology is applicable to utility systems, which will provide a clean, low-cost source of power for residential and industrial applications. These power systems will operate on abundant or renewable fuels including natural gas, hydrogen, and biomass-derived fuels. Other uses for the technology include industrial gas generation systems and clean reactors for production of industrial hydrocarbons._

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Scott L. Swartz
Director of Research

Business Contact:

Mr. William J. Dawson
Director of Commercialization
Small Business Information at Submission:

Nextech Materials, Ltd.
720-I Lakeview Plaza Boulevard Worthingto, OH 43085

Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No