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Component Manufacturing and Optimization of Protonic SOFCs

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Department of Energy
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Program Year/Program:
2006 / STTR
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Small Business Information
NexTech Materials
404 Enterprise Drive Lewis Center, OH 43035-9423
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Component Manufacturing and Optimization of Protonic SOFCs
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG02-06ER86283
Award Amount: $100,000.00


Proton-conducting solid oxide fuel cells (p-SOFCs) offer significant advantages in operating temperature and fuel utilization compared to other types of fuel cells. This project will advance the materials science and manufacturing technology for ceramic proton-conducting solid oxide fuel cells (p-SOFCs). The approach will utilize commercially viable processes for powder synthesis and cell fabrication. In Phase I, the powder processing and electrolyte fabrication procedures will be validated, and the electrode will be optimized, for the p-SOFC applications. Phase I will culminate with demonstrations of large area cells. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: The p-SOFC components should find use in fuel cells, hydrogen pumps, high-purity hydrogen separators, and membrane reactors for the chemical industry. The resulting improved efficiency of hydrogen utilization should save energy and reduce pollution, thereby contributing to the development of a hydrogen-based economy ¿ one of the goals of the National Energy Policy.

Principal Investigator:

Matthew M. Seabaugh

Business Contact:

William J. Dawson
Small Business Information at Submission:

Nextech Materials, Ltd.
404 Enterprise Drive Lewis Center, OH 43035

EIN/Tax ID: 311441978
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
California Institute of Technology
Office of Sponsored Research
Mail Stop 201-15
Pasadena, CA 91125
Contact: Lisa Miller
Contact Phone: (312) 567-3035
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university