Manufacturing System Design Analysis of SOFC Stacks

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-10ER85769
Agency Tracking Number: 95358
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: 28 b
Solicitation Number: DE-FOA-0000161
Small Business Information
Nextech Materials, Ltd.
404 Enterprise Drive, Lewis Center, OH, 43035
DUNS: 927606251
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Lora Thrun
 Dr.
 (614) 842-6606
 l.thrun@nextechmaterials.com
Business Contact
 Andrew Patton
Title: Mr.
Phone: (614) 842-6606
Email: a.patton@nextechmaterials.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
A number of process-based manufacturing analyses have been performed for SOFCs, providing cohesive feasibility analyses for a wide range of cell and stack designs. These studies have been broad in scope; however, with limited depth on any particular stack technology and lacking a detailed analysis of viable component fabrication methods and equipment options. Manufacturing cost analysis will be performed for scale-up of planar solid oxide fuel cell stacks. This analysis will be grounded in materials, process equipment and component designs, developed to improve manufacturing yield, reduce stack design complexity and reduce materials cost. The modeling will evaluate SOFC fabrication from a process-based perspective, with a basis in quotations for materials, process equipment and prevailing labor rates. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits: Achievement of cost-competitive manufacturing of the SOFC stacks analyzed in the proposed project will enable penetration into the following markets: Stationary Power. SOFC systems would significantly increase the efficiency of producing energy for both commercial and residential buildings, reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Transportation Auxiliary Power Units. Long-haul trucks are expected to be early markets for SOFC products that enable

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