Low Cost Materials, Designs, and Manufacturing Processes for Robust Tubular Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$120,000.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W56HZV-04-C-0155
Award Id:
68330
Agency Tracking Number:
A032-3530
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
404 Enterprise Dr., Lewis Center, OH, 43035
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
927606251
Principal Investigator:
Edward Sabolsky
Research Scientist
(614) 842-6606
sabolsky@nextechmaterials.com
Business Contact:
William Dawson
President & CEO
(614) 842-6606
dawson@nextechmaterials.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
New power systems are needed for U.S. Army vehicles, to enhance fuel efficiency and reduce reliance on the fuel supply train. Solid-oxide fuel cell systems provide compelling advantages in fuel efficiency, fuel flexibility, and fuel impurity tolerance. The same fuel efficiency advantages provided to military applications, when extended to commercial vehicles, would have an enormous impact on fossil fuel consumption, pollution emissions, and transportation costs for the next century. Developmental programs are in place, but require new materials and new processing routes to achieve manufacturing cost and performance targets. The objective of this Phase I SBIR project is to develop low-cost materials and fabrication methods for producing tubular SOFCs while maintaining high mechanical strength, toughness, and electrochemical performance. The successful completion of this program will significantly improve tube manufacture for the Turbo Fuel Cell Engine. By tailoring the manufacturing process to provide consistent extrusion, drying and sintering performance, the resulting improvement in cell reproducibility and enhanced manufacturability will enable larger scale demonstration of the design. In addition, by focusing materials enhancement on the development of interchangeable interfacial layers, a compromise of demonstrated performance and design flexibility will be achieved.

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