Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Research and Development


The environmental chamber mounted on the 12ID-D<br/>diffractometer at the Advanced Photon Source.  The inset<br/>shows the sample that is within the beryllium windowed chamber.
The environmental chamber mounted on the 12ID-D
diffractometer at the Advanced Photon Source. The inset
shows the sample that is within the beryllium windowed chamber.
ANL - Argonne National Laboratory
Website:  Argonne National Laboratory
Award Number:  FWP-49071
Project Duration:  10/01/1995 – 02/28/2014
Total Award Value:  $10,780,000.00
DOE Share:  $10,780,000.00
Performer Share:  $0.00
Technology Area:  Solid Oxide Fuel Cells
Key Technology:  AEC Development
Location:  Argonne, Illinois

Project Description

Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) will focus on fundamental research to identify new materials for the modification of cathode surfaces which will result in improved electrochemical performance and stability of solid oxide fuel cells. ANL will expose model cathode thin-films to synchrotron X-rays to better understand the role of cathode surface chemistry, crystallography, and electronic structure. Researchers will examine the dynamic structural and chemical changes that occur at the cathode side of a fuel cell under conditions that simulate actual operating conditions.

Project Benefits

This project focuses on developing an understanding of cathode surface phenomena to enable the development of models for the design of high performance cathode materials. Improved cell/stack life and performance will reduce operating cost and increase efficiency, resulting in reduction in the cost of electricity and reduction of CO2 emissions from the entire platform. Specifically, this project will measure the atomic and chemical state of cathode materials under typical operating conditions, correlate these measurements with ex-situ results, and develop cathode modifications that will accelerate the oxidation reduction reaction and oxygen transport to the electrolyte.

Contact Information

Federal Project Manager 
Briggs White:
Technology Manager 
Shailesh Vora:
Principal Investigator 
Paul Fuoss:

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