Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Cathode Enhancement Through a Vacuum-assisted Infiltration Email Page
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Performer:  Materials & Systems Research, Inc. Location:  Salt Lake City, Utah
Project Duration:  06/17/2011 – 08/07/2015 Award Number:  SC0006374
Technology Area:  Solid Oxide Fuel Cells Total Award Value:  $1,150,000
Key Technology:  Anode-Electrolyte-Cathode Development DOE Share:  $1,150,000
Performer Share:  $0

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.

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.

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Federal Project Manager Joseph Stoffa:
Technology Manager Shailesh Vora:
Principal Investigator Greg Tao: