SBIR Phase I: A Novel Low-Cost Monolithic Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Design

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0611135
Agency Tracking Number: 0611135
Amount: $99,900.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: CT
Solicitation Number: NSF 05-605
Small Business Information
6F Gill Street, Woburn, MA, 01801
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Xianzhong Guo
 (781) 935-2800
Business Contact
 Yingyin Zou
Phone: (781) 935-2800
Research Institution
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project aims to develop a planar monolithic solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) system fabricated by spray pyrolysis and sintering techniques. In our monolithic SOFC design, the selected cathode, electrolyte, and anode materials are chemically and mechanically compatible, with no concerns over undesired chemical interactions at the elevated operation temperatures, and almost no thermal expansion mismatch between the electrolyte and electrodes. This planar monolithic SOFC design also enables us to make the electrolyte layer in a thin film form, which will result in lower operating temperatures and a compact structure for portable SOFCs. Furthermore, the monolithic structure assures a low-cost manufacturing process. The proposed technology will have a great impact on the energy generation applications with practical SOFCs, which will be low-cost, reliable, and portable. The global market is expected to reach $335 millions by 2008, with an average annual growth rate (AAGR) of 22.2% through the forecast period from 2003.

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