Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Cathode Enhancement Through a Vacuum-assisted Infiltration

 

Diagram of the single-step VPIT technique,<br/>involving the precipitation of a nitrate solution into<br/>the porous cathode backbones (with engineered<br/>electrode morphology), followed by gelation at<br/>a proper rate, and decomposition.
Diagram of the single-step VPIT technique,
involving the precipitation of a nitrate solution into
the porous cathode backbones (with engineered
electrode morphology), followed by gelation at
a proper rate, and decomposition.
Performer: 
Materials & Systems Research Inc.
Website:  Materials & Systems Research, Inc.
Award Number:  SC0006374
Project Duration:  07/08/2011 – 08/07/2015
Total Award Value:  $1,150,000.00
DOE Share:  $1,150,000.00
Performer Share:  $0.00
Technology Area:  Solid Oxide Fuel Cells
Key Technology:  AEC Development
Location:  Salt Lake City, Utah

Project Description

Materials & Systems Research will develop a vacuum infiltration process for adding catalysts to solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) cathodes. The team will work to enhance SOFC performance through the infiltration of active nano-catalysts into cathode backbones, while leveraging well-established SOFC fabrication techniques for scaling-up a proof-of-concept demonstration. The infiltration apparatus and protocol will also be developed as part of the project work.

Project Benefits

The process will be validated in button cells, short stacks, and kilowatt-scale stack testing and will support manufacturing scale-up to meet cost goals. If successful, fuel cell performance and cost would be improved helping to commercialize a technology capable of generating electricity very efficiently with near-zero emissions.

Contact Information

Federal Project Manager 
Joseph Stoffa: joseph.stoffa@netl.doe.gov
Technology Manager 
Shailesh D. Vora: shailesh.vora@netl.doe.gov
Principal Investigator 
Greg Tao: gtao@msrihome.com
 

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