Manufacturing System Design Analysis of SOFC Stacks

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DE-FG02-10ER85769
Agency Tracking Number:
95358
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
28 b
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Nextech Materials, Ltd.
404 Enterprise Drive, Lewis Center, OH, 43035
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
927606251
Principal Investigator:
Lora Thrun
Dr.
(614) 842-6606
l.thrun@nextechmaterials.com
Business Contact:
Andrew Patton
Mr.
(614) 842-6606
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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