Advanced Solid-Oxide Fuel Cell Technology
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DOD / OSD
In this Phase I STTR program, NexTech Materials, Ltd. (NexTech) and the University of Florida (UF) will collaboratively demonstrate a Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) design and materials set tailored to provide military users with a rugged, compact power supply, operating at temperatures below 600 degrees C. Utilizing robust, high performance cell designs demonstrated for intermediate temperature use (700-800 degrees C), NexTech and UF will access even lower operating temperatures through the demonstration of high conductivity electrolyte materials. NexTech's anode technology, which has demonstrated sulfur tolerance (up to 1000 ppmv in H2 fuel) at intermediate temperatures, will be evaluated for low temperature operation, its performance enhanced by catalyst infiltration. UF's high performance cathode materials will be incorporated into NexTech's cell designs to enable higher performance at low temperatures. Based on single cell tests in Phase I, a preliminary stack design will be developed for Phase II demonstration.
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NEXTECH MATERIALS, LTD.
404 Enterprise Dr. Lewis Center, OH 43035
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UNIV. OF FLORIDA
339 Weil Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611
Nonprofit college or university