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Manufacturing System Design Analysis of SOFC Stacks

Award Information

Department of Energy
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Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
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Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
28 b
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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 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Manufacturing System Design Analysis of SOFC Stacks
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG02-10ER85769
Award Amount: $100,000.00


A number of process-based manufacturing analyses have been performed for SOFCs, providing cohesive feasibility analyses for a wide range of cell and stack designs. These studies have been broad in scope; however, with limited depth on any particular stack technology and lacking a detailed analysis of viable component fabrication methods and equipment options. Manufacturing cost analysis will be performed for scale-up of planar solid oxide fuel cell stacks. This analysis will be grounded in materials, process equipment and component designs, developed to improve manufacturing yield, reduce stack design complexity and reduce materials cost. The modeling will evaluate SOFC fabrication from a process-based perspective, with a basis in quotations for materials, process equipment and prevailing labor rates. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits: Achievement of cost-competitive manufacturing of the SOFC stacks analyzed in the proposed project will enable penetration into the following markets: Stationary Power. SOFC systems would significantly increase the efficiency of producing energy for both commercial and residential buildings, reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Transportation Auxiliary Power Units. Long-haul trucks are expected to be early markets for SOFC products that enable

Principal Investigator:

Lora Thrun

Business Contact:

Andrew Patton
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