High-Power Density SOFCs for Aviation Applications

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNC04CA40C
Agency Tracking Number: 035241
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2003
Solicitation Topic Code: A2.02
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
404 Enterprise Dr., Lewis Center, OH, 43035-9423
DUNS: 927606251
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Edward Sabolsky
 Principal Investigator
 (614) 842-6606
Business Contact
 William Dawson
Title: President & CEO
Phone: (614) 842-6606
Email: dawson@nextechmaterials.com
Research Institution
As solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) approach commercialization, interest in broader applications of this technology is mounting. While the first commercialized systems are being designed to provide 3-5 kW in stationary and automotive auxiliary power unit (APU) applications, aerospace and military users are considering integrating SOFCs into larger, airborne systems with considerable commercial payback. SOFCs are aligned to displace inefficient, noisy, and polluting technologies such as diesel generators that will provide both economic and environmental motivation to prospective users. NexTech Materials will develop a solid oxide fuel cells that demonstrate high power density, targeting 2W/cm2, a level of performance that will enable the compact, lightweight systems required for aerospace applications to become a reality. Such high power density SOFCs will provide the bridge from stationary residential power systems to airborne auxiliary power units. The fuel cells that result from these applications will lead the way to efficient and clean aircraft. This Phase I work will focus on processing and evaluating highly conductive electrolyte and electrode materials and the incorporation of these materials into high power density, SOFC cells suitable for commercial stack fabrication in Phase II.

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