Development and Characterization of High Performance and Robust Mixed Conducting Cathodes Supportive of Lower Cost Solid Oxide Fuel Cells


<strong>Top:</strong> Multiple Test Stands at  University of<br/>South Carolina; <strong>Bottom:</strong> (Pr,Nd)2NiO4 Structural Illustration
Top: Multiple Test Stands at University of
South Carolina; Bottom: (Pr,Nd)2NiO4 Structural Illustration
University of South Carolina
Website:  University of South Carolina
Award Number:  FE0023475
Project Duration:  10/01/2014 – 03/31/2018
Total Award Value:  $829,170
DOE Share:  $521,000
Performer Share:  $308,170
Technology Area:  Solid Oxide Fuel Cells
Key Technology:  Cell Technology
Location:  Columbia, South Carolina

Project Description

The University of South Carolina will team with LG Fuel Cell Systems (LGFCS) to develop mixed electronic and ionic conducting cathode materials for durable and robust low-cost solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). The intention of this research is to improve SOFC power density over the entire operational temperature range (550 to 900C) by using mixed ionic and electronic conducting nickelate-based cathodes on a dense barrier layer, and evaluate their performance in comparison to more established cathode materials.

Project Benefits

This core technology work provides a platform for more detailed understanding of cathodes, which can yield higher power densities while achieving lower system costs. Knowledge will be generated about the barrier layer and physical properties of layered compounds and provide answers to questions on obstacles to commercial viability of reliable, robust, and durable SOFC technology.

Contact Information

Federal Project Manager 
Patcharin Burke:
Technology Manager 
Shailesh Vora:
Principal Investigator 
Xiao-Dong Zhou:

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