SOFC technology offers many promising attributes, including low materials cost, high-efficiency, fuel flexibility, quiet operation and can be adapted for multiple power generation applications. There are numerous markets where SOFC technology could play a major role, such as military, distributed power generation (micro-grid), range extenders for electric vehicles, residential/industrial combined heat & power as well as power for data centers and remote sites.
The Nexceris Fuel Cell Business Unit currently is focusing on development of SOFC stack technology for military applications. We also are developing novel cell designs, internal reforming technology, high-power density and ultra-high efficiency stacks. We recently initiated work aimed at adapting our SOFC stack technology to solid oxide electrolysis and reversible SOFC application.
Nexceris initiated its SOFC stack technology development work in 2006, following their development of novel electrolyte-supported planar cell designs (now patented) with enabling attributes. These cell designs feature a thin electrolyte membrane layer that enables high performance and a dense cell periphery that provides an optimum sealing surface. Nexceris has focused its SOFC stack development work on military applications where high power density, high efficiency, system simplicity and fuel flexibility are desired. A key Nexceris accomplishment was the development of anode technology with unprecedented tolerance to sulfur, which provides a path for SOFC operation on JP-8 fuels without desulfurization. Another important attribute of the Nexceris stack technology is the ability to operate at high single-pass fuel utilization – this greatly simplifies the system design.
fuelcellmaterials offers standard and tailored anodes, cathodes, and electrolyte powders, many of which are available in quantities ranging from 150 grams to industrial volumes of tons per year. All powders are manufactured at a high level of quality that ensures reproducible batches and come with complete documentation for characterization.
fuelcellmaterials has recently enhanced its manufacturing process for large quantities of inks and contact pastes. This allows quantities ranging from 50 grams to 10 kilograms to be delivered every week.
Standard substrates, single sided cells, anode supported and electrolyte supported cells are available in various sizes and shapes, including 25 mm diameter disks and 10 cm x 10 cm squares. Substrates and single sided cells allow clients to focus on their electrode research without having to worry about creating a reproducible component.
Test fixtures are supported by the experienced staff of Nexceris and come with detailed operation manuals. fuelcellmaterials also offers all of the accessories needed to test properly, including: contact mesh, seals, lead wires, contact pastes, and precious metal inks.
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