Ultra-High Power Density Metal Supported SOFC Stack for High Efficiency Propulsion and Power Systems

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Office of the Secretary of Defense
Amount:
$149,999.00
Award Year:
2014
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-14-M-2453
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
O133-EP4-2222
Solicitation Year:
2013
Solicitation Topic Code:
OSD13-EP4
Solicitation Number:
2013.3
Small Business Information
7960 S. Kolb Rd., Tucson, AZ, 85756-9237
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
147518286
Principal Investigator:
Juan Sepulveda
VP Marketing
(520) 574-1980
sepulveda@mercorp.com
Business Contact:
Raouf Loutfy
President
(520) 574-1980
rloutfy@mercorp.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
This Phase I SBIR OSD project proposes the development and testing of a porous metal anode-supported intermediate-temperature solid oxide fuel cell (PMS-IT-SOFC) that exhibits high electrochemical efficiency, high degree of fuel utilization (reformed JP-8, diesel, or dodecane), and low operating temperature characteristics intended for high efficiency, logistic-fueled propulsion and power systems for small autonomous vehicles and mobile power generation and other commercial users. The proposed cell design operates at a lower temperature of 600-800°C (as compared to 800-1000°C for conventional SOFC cells) at 0.55 V, 4.60 amp/cm2, and producing a maximum power density of 2.5 W/cm2. The unit cell design is light resulting in cell stack configuration that produces 2000 W/kg requiring approximately 1000 W/L, including fuel and oxidant supplies as well as balance of plant components. Reliable cell performance is intended to endure at least 10,000 hours of operation before a major overhaul is required. The PMS-IT-SOFC technology to be developed is intended for quick scale up to plant-scale production after Phase II project execution. The innovative design for the PMS-IT-SOFC fuel cell makes use of a highly conductive porous metal anode manufactured using MER"s powder metallurgy technology, a highly ionic conductor electrolyte, and a very efficient cathode.

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