High Efficiency, Lightweight, Anode-Supported, Intermediate Temperature SOFC for Undersea Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N66604-06-C-4640
Agency Tracking Number: O053-MT8-4397
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD05-MT8
Solicitation Number: 2005.3
Small Business Information
7960 S. Kolb Rd., Tucson, AZ, 85706
DUNS: 147518286
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Juan Sepulveda
 Director of Ceramic Technologies
 (520) 574-1980
 mercorp@mercorp.com
Business Contact
 R Loutfy
Title: President
Phone: (520) 574-1980
Email: rloutfy@mercorp.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This Phase 1 SBIR OSD project proposes the development and testing of an anode-supported intermediate-temperature solid oxide fuel cell (ACN AS-IT-SOFC) that exhibits high electrochemical efficiency, high degree of fuel utilization (reformed JP-8, diesel, or dodecane), and low operating temperature characteristics intended for undersea applications or other commercial users. The proposed cell design is fuelled by in-situ reformed fuel like JP-8 or diesel and operates at a lower temperature of 600-800°C (as compared to 800-1000°C for conventional SOFC cells), at 0.55 V, 4.60 amp/cm2, and produces a power density of 2.5 W/cm2. The unit cell design is light resulting in cell stack configuration that produces 2 kW/kg requiring approximately 1 kW/L, including fuel and oxidant supplies as well as balance of plant components. Reliable cell performance is intended to endure at least 10,000 hours of operation before a major overhaul is required. The ACN AS-IT-SOFC technology to be developed is intended for quick scale up to plant-scale production after Phase II project execution. The innovative design for the ACN AS-IT-SOFC fuel cell makes use of a highly conductive porous anode manufactured using MER's PCM technology, a highly ionic conductor electrolyte, and a very efficient cathode.

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