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Protective Ceramic Coatings for Solid Oxide Fuel Cell SOFC) Balance-of-Plant Components

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-SC0013879
Agency Tracking Number: 218435
Amount: $149,999.18
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 20f
Solicitation Number: DE-FOA-0001227
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2015
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2015-06-08
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2016-03-07
Small Business Information
2531 West 237th Street Suite 127
Torrance, CA 90505-5245
United States
DUNS: 114060861
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Raymond Winter
 (310) 530-2011
Business Contact
 Kisholoy Goswami
Title: Dr.
Phone: (310) 530-2011
Research Institution

The Department of Energy is seeking development of technologies to extract power from coal while expanding environmental protection and confronting global climate change. Protective Coatings are needed for Solid Oxide Fuel Cell SOFC) Balance-of-Plant BOP) component stainless steels used in cathode air management at 700 C to 900 C and humidified air evolve chromium Cr) vapor species that poison SOFC cathodes, degrading performance. Low-cost coatings for hot BOP components are desired to reduce/eliminate Cr species evolution. Evaluation will include performance Cr species evolution) under high-temperature, high humidity and production/processing cost at high volume. The company will develop low-cost stainless steel alloy coatings for cathode-side hot piping and/or heat exchangers. We will develop cost effective slurry/spray coatings for interior surfaces piping with joint welds, baffles, etc.) and irregular geometries, having Cr-volatility mitigation as effective as industrial pack cementation and vapor coatings. We will develop a BOP components sol-gel seal paint or ink based on YSZ and/or alumina. BOP sealant will be a paint or ink that can be applied by a low-cost dipping operation, and fired to produce a dense, adherent, thin ~1-2 m), 8 mol% YSZ coating paint or ink for ferritic stainless steels, from low cost alumina-forming austenitic alloy AFA) stainless steels to higher cost Allegheny Ludlum 441. These coatings will serve as barrier surfaces for BOP components.

This BOP sealant will improve SOFCs by providing long lifetime reliability and the ability to be integrated into the nations power grid system. The sealant can be applied to heat exchangers, heat pumps, heat pipes, chemical reactors. The improved SOFCs will have application in several markets: 1) the co-generation market, 2) backup power for buildings, hospitals, law enforcement facilities, homes, and small remote facilities, and 3) auxiliary power units APUs) for trucks, recreational vehicles, ships, and aircraft.

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