Component Manufacturing and Optimization of Protonic SOFCs

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-06ER86283
Agency Tracking Number: 80595B06-I
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: 18
Solicitation Number: DE-FG01-05ER05-28
Small Business Information
404 Enterprise Drive, Lewis Center, OH, 43035
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Matthew Seabaugh
 (614) 842-6606
Business Contact
 William Dawson
Title: Mr.
Phone: (614) 842-6606
Research Institution
 California Institute of Technology
 Lisa Miller
 Office of Sponsored Research
Mail Stop 201-15
Pasadena, CA, 91125
 (312) 567-3035
 Nonprofit college or university
Proton-conducting solid oxide fuel cells (p-SOFCs) offer significant advantages in operating temperature and fuel utilization compared to other types of fuel cells. This project will advance the materials science and manufacturing technology for ceramic proton-conducting solid oxide fuel cells (p-SOFCs). The approach will utilize commercially viable processes for powder synthesis and cell fabrication. In Phase I, the powder processing and electrolyte fabrication procedures will be validated, and the electrode will be optimized, for the p-SOFC applications. Phase I will culminate with demonstrations of large area cells. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: The p-SOFC components should find use in fuel cells, hydrogen pumps, high-purity hydrogen separators, and membrane reactors for the chemical industry. The resulting improved efficiency of hydrogen utilization should save energy and reduce pollution, thereby contributing to the development of a hydrogen-based economy ¿ one of the goals of the National Energy Policy.

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