High Power Density Regenerative SOFCs

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-05-M-2517
Agency Tracking Number: O043-EP9-1236
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD04-EP9
Solicitation Number: 2004.3
Small Business Information
404 Enterprise Dr., Lewis Center, OH, 43035
DUNS: 927606251
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michael Day
 Senior Development Engineer
 (614) 842-6606
Business Contact
 William Dawson
Title: President/CEO
Phone: (614) 842-6606
Email: dawson@nextechmaterials.com
Research Institution
High altitude uninhabited air vehicles (UAVs) offer the opportunity to enhance border security and provide early warning for missile defense programs. These platforms offer an inexpensive alternative to satellite or manned reconnaissance aircraft, but require a night-time power source to augment solar panels in order to achieve long operating lifetimes. Regenerative Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (RSOFCs) will provide a means for these aircraft to remain aloft indefinitely as they efficiently convert sunlight energy to fuel during the day and fuel to electrical power at night. The objective of this Phase I program is to demonstrate a high power density RSOFC cell design. Using established materials and manufacturing approaches, it will be possible to produce RSOFC elements tailored for UAV power supplies. Studies will include evaluation of various cell architectures, materials and fabrication processes to produce robust, high efficiency cells.

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