Nexceris has developed a family of steam reforming catalysts (SupircatTM), geared towards internal reforming in Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC) applications. SupircatTM catalysts immediately achieve equilibrium conversion when heated to reaction temperature and do not require a pre-reaction activation step to activate the catalyst. This allows SOFC developers to integrate a high performing internal reforming catalyst into their systems without the operational costs and manufacturing complexity associated with pre-reducing the stack. Careful catalyst optimization has ensured equilibrium level activity is achieved with the minimum precious metal loading to provide a low-cost high-performance catalyst. SupircatTM’s activity has been examined with particular attention to factors such as coke formation (encountered in low S/C feedstocks), sulfur tolerance (encountered in typical natural gas feedstocks), and thermal cycling. SupircatTM’s performance under these conditions has shown that if operated in typical SOFC regimes, the performance will not be affected. SupircatTM’s performance has been probed both in pellet form as well as a coating on pre-aluminized stainless-steel plates and the performance has been exemplary in both cases.
About Matt Seabaugh
I am the Director of New Product Launch at Nexceris. I have been developing advanced materials for energy applications for over twenty years, and I find it an ever-challenging and growing field of work. My role in the Nexceris team is to help our scientists and engineers to generate new product ideas, move them through our Stage-Gate processes, and bring them to customers world-wide. I enjoy working with customers and end-users to help create products that improve energy production and make things better for the environment. I am also technically active in our programs, working specifically on materials and processes for coatings, which have led to our ChromLokTM, AlumiLokTM, HeatPathTM, ReformanceTM and SupIRcatTM technologies. Outside work, I am the proud dad of Annelise (10) and Spencer (6), who keep me sharp and help me maintain a fresh perspective on innovation. I also make time to volunteer as an advocate for early-childhood education and STEM education.
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