High Power Density Regenerative SOFCs

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-05-M-2517
Agency Tracking Number:
O043-EP9-1236
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
NEXTECH MATERIALS, LTD.
404 Enterprise Dr., Lewis Center, OH, 43035
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
927606251
Principal Investigator:
Michael Day
Senior Development Engineer
(614) 842-6606
day@nextechmaterials.com
Business Contact:
William Dawson
President/CEO
(614) 842-6606
dawson@nextechmaterials.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
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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