A High Temperature (400 to 650oC) Secondary Storage Battery Based on Liquid Sodium and Potassium Anodes

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-06ER86280
Agency Tracking Number: 81040B06-I
Amount: $99,794.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: 15
Solicitation Number: DE-FG01-05ER05-28
Small Business Information
Materials and Systems Research, Inc.
5395 West 700 South, Salt Lake City, UT, 84104
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: Y
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Greg Tao
 Dr.
 (801) 530-4987
 gtao@msrihome.com
Business Contact
 Dinesh Shetty
Title: Dr.
Phone: (801) 530-4987
Email: dshetty@msrihome.com
Research Institution
 University of Utah
 Anil Virkar
 1225 Central Campus Drive
Salt Lake City, UT, 84112
 (801) 581-6863
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
This project will develop technolgy for integrating a high-temperature (400 to 700ºC), high-efficiency (greater than 90%) secondary battery with a 3 to 10 kW solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) system. The battery will be based on an alkali-metal-ion-conducting, highly refractory, beta alumina solid electrolyte (BASE) and a non corrosive metal salt. The battery is expected not only to meet or exceed weight and cost targets but also to be superior to the sodium-sulfur battery ¿ which currently has demonstrated over 5,000 charge-discharge cycles, with a lifetime in excess of 7 years and capacity as large as 8 MW. In Phase I, high strength, tubular, and disc-shaped Na-BASE and K-BASE will be fabricated by a patented vapor phase process. Electrochemical couples ¿ with Na and K as the anodes, BASE as the electrolyte, and suitable metal salts as the cathodes ¿ will be fabricated and electrochemically tested. Using the most promising cathode, planar cells will be assembled into a stack, which will be subjected to several charge-discharge cycles. The overall roundtrip efficiency will be measured. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: Commercial applications should include: automotive transportation; uninterrupted power sources for the computer, information, and semiconductor industries; an SOFC-battery hybrid for residential use; and distributed power.

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