Performance and Reliability Advancements in a Durable Low Temperature Tubular SOFC Email Page
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Performer:  Atrex Energy, Inc. Location:  Walpole, MA
Project Duration:  10/01/2016 – 03/30/2019 Award Number:  FE0028063
Technology Area:  Solid Oxide Fuel Cells Total Award Value:  $3,070,285
Key Technology:   DOE Share:  $2,456,228
Performer Share:  $614,057

Pictorial representation of proposed stack enhancements.
Pictorial representation of proposed stack enhancements.

Project Description

Atrex Energy Inc. will develop, build, and test a low degradation, high efficiency stack with a novel capability for energy storage. This project seeks to identify how a low cost, reliable, tubular SOFC stack can be developed by implementing state-of-the-art cell materials, integral technologies, and automated manufacturing techniques. The effort will culminate in the build of a 5 kW stack test article compatible with steam reforming, auto-thermal or partial oxidation, and resistant to damage from overloading. This stack will likely be employed in niche commercial markets and will mark a significant waypoint in the creation of modules for megawatt power applications. The tasks in cell and stack technology will be to incorporate an energy storage element, implement catalyst technologies for novel fuel reforming and improved efficiency and electrode engineering to improve performance at intermediate temperature. Manufacturing enhancements will be focused on tube processing and coating, and robotic assembly techniques. This project leverages previous related work under DOE contract AR0000492.

Project Benefits

Atrex Energy believes that, with the implementation of recent advancements in cell technology and manufacturing innovations, durability of their cells can be enhanced and costs can be markedly reduced for 5-10kW machines. The project outcome is expected to lead to larger power product offerings for widespread implementation in commercial markets at substantially reduced costs and prices.

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Federal Project Manager Steven Markovich:
Technology Manager Shailesh Vora:
Principal Investigator Neil Fernandes: