CCS and Power Systems

Advanced Energy Systems - Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

SECA Core Technology Program - PNNL

Performer: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Project No: FWP-40552

Project Scope and Technology Readiness Level

PNNL will identify technical barriers, prioritizes technology development needs and conduct advanced research, engineering simulation and design optimization and testing with respect to the development of reliable, low-cost, solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) power generation systems capable of operation on coal derived fuels. The FY14 effort is focused on four tasks:

Task 1: SOFC Component Development — Develop, test and optimize high-performance, reliable cell and stack component materials and fabrication techniques for low-cost, reliable SOFC stacks.

Task 2: SOFC Modeling — Develop and utilize computational techniques for the optimization of cell and stack designs that allow mitigation of performance degradation and optimization of electrical performance in modular SOFC stack and systems.

Task 3: Experimental Support of Modeling — Obtain bulk and interfacial materials properties that support the development, optimization and validation of SOFC designs through simulation and modeling.

Task 4: Management, Technology Integration and Transfer — Provide overall technical supervision and program management, facilitate technology transfer, and integrate emerging technologies and interfaces with SOFC program participants.

The Technology Readiness Level (TRL) assessment identifies the current state of readiness of the key technologies being developed under the DOE’s Clean Coal Research Program. In FY 12, this project was not assessed.

The TRL assessment process and its results including definition and description of the levels may be found in the "2012 Technology Readiness Assessment-Analysis of Active Research Portfolio".

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