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
Contract: FA8650-14-M-2453
Agency Tracking Number: O133-EP4-2222
Amount: $149,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2014
Solicitation Year: 2013
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD13-EP4
Solicitation Number: 2013.3
Small Business Information
Materials & Electrochemical Research (MER) Corp.
7960 S. Kolb Rd., Tucson, AZ, 85756-9237
DUNS: 147518286
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Juan Sepulveda
 VP Marketing
 (520) 574-1980
 sepulveda@mercorp.com
Business Contact
 Raouf Loutfy
Title: President
Phone: (520) 574-1980
Email: 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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