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

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W56HZV-04-C-0155
Agency Tracking Number: A032-3530
Amount: $120,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2003
Solicitation Topic Code: A03-211
Solicitation Number: 2003.2
Small Business Information
NEXTECH MATERIALS, LTD.
404 Enterprise Dr., Lewis Center, OH, 43035
DUNS: 927606251
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Edward Sabolsky
 Research Scientist
 (614) 842-6606
 sabolsky@nextechmaterials.com
Business Contact
 William Dawson
Title: President & CEO
Phone: (614) 842-6606
Email: dawson@nextechmaterials.com
Research Institution
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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