Portable, Moderate-Temperature Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00004-07-M-0499
Agency Tracking Number: O074-006-4006
Amount: $99,887.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2007
Solitcitation Year: 2007
Solitcitation Topic Code: OSD07-T006
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
CERAMATEC, INC.
2425 South 900 West, Salt Lake City, UT, 84119
Duns: 089500540
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 S. Elangovan
 Project Manager - SOFC
 (801) 978-2162
 elango@ceramatec.com
Business Contact
 Raymond Miller
Title: CFO/Secretary
Phone: (801) 978-2176
Email: rkm@ceramatec.com
Research Institution
 BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIV.
 Brian F Woodfield
 C100 BNSN
Provo, UT, 84602
 (801) 422-2093
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Compared to conventional power sources, fuel cell systems present such benefits as high efficiency, low emissions, long life, and near silent operation. Of the various fuel cell types, Solid oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC) have a number of advantages in hydrocarbon fuel applications because of their solid-state construction and high temperature operation. Presently, SOFCs operate in the temperature range of 800 D 1,000¡C. For a portable system however, a significant reduction in operating temperature to 550¡C or below is desirable. The lower operating temperature would improve start up time, provide materials and performance stability, and improve portability. An innovative materials set and cell design are proposed to meet the stringent requirements demanded in portable applications. A novel materials set will be used to achieve high performance at the medium operating temperature. A compact cell design will be used to accomplish the rapid start-up and shut-down times, and the multiple thermal cycles required for a portable system.

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