Cost Effective Manufacturing and Morphological Stabilization of Nanostructured Cathodes for Commercial Solid Oxide Fuel Cells


Stabilizing Nanostructured Solid Oxide Fuel Cell<br/>Cathode with Atomic Layer Deposition
Stabilizing Nanostructured Solid Oxide Fuel Cell
Cathode with Atomic Layer Deposition
Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania
Website:  University of Pennsylvania
Award Number:  FE0023317
Project Duration:  10/01/2014 – 03/31/2018
Total Award Value:  $1,003,457
DOE Share:  $800,000
Performer Share:  $203,457
Technology Area:  Solid Oxide Fuel Cells
Key Technology:  Cell Technology
Location:  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Project Description

The University of Pennsylvania, with team members University of South Carolina and FuelCell Energy (FCE), will address two critical problems with solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs)—manufacturability and stability—by developing simple, cost-effective processes for manufacturing nanostructured cathodes and unique methods to stabilize the nanostructured cathodes under typical SOFC operating conditions. Team members will conduct fundamental studies of cathode properties and detailed characterization of their structure. The newly-developed cathodes will then be incorporated into industrial-scale cells and their performance validated.

Project Benefits

The approaches developed by the project team will provide increased control over the microstructure of SOFC cathodes and increase their stability. This will increase performance and allow operation at lower temperatures. The practical and scalable synthesis methods developed for commercial-sized cells and stacks will aid in the commercialization of SOFC technology.

Contact Information

Federal Project Manager 
Patcharin Burke:
Technology Manager 
Shailesh Vora:
Principal Investigator 
Raymond Gorte:

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