Meeting the SOFC & SOEC Market Needs for Over a Decade
fuelcellmaterials was established in 2000 as a wholly owned division of NexTech Materials, Ltd. (which is now Nexceris, LLC) to commercialize innovative ceramic materials technology and products. These technologies and products are suited to the developing of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) and fuel processing markets which include such items as: test fixtures, powders, pastes catalysts and components.
fuelcellmaterials is backed by its dedicated staff of material scientists and engineers who deliver high quality materials and assist in helping our clients meet all of their needs. This high level of expertise allows our staff to quickly and accurately tailor our powders and components to fit the needs and processes of our clients. These changes can be as simple as a physical property change or as complex streamlining to a material to work with specific applications.
Starting in the mid 1990s, the initial focus of Nexceris on SOFC materials and components led to the launch and growth of fuelcellmaterials in 2000. Nexceris engineers have applied their ceramic materials skills to the fabrication of all types of SOFCs – planar and tubular, anode-supported, electrolyte-supported, and inert-supported configurations. This experience enabled Nexceris to better understand technical issues being experienced by SOFC developers and to develop unique solutions to address these issues and to improve the quality and scope of fuelcellmaterials products, including the ChromLok™ and AlumiLok™ lines of corrosion-protective coatings.
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.
“I’ve found fuelcellmaterials to be an excellent source of high quality SOFC materials. I especially appreciate their prompt response when I inquire about custom materials.”
Jeffry W. Stevenson
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
“fuelcellmaterials provides many novel material solutions and state of the art SOFC cells for research at academic institutions as well as industry. Availability of the technology to academic community is vital to successful development of SOFC system in the long run. Sales and technical supports are excellent and responsive.”
University of Texas at Arlington
“fuelcellmaterials has been instrumental in my on-going research on IT-SOFC anodes by providing quality materials, Probostat and timely support. The staff has been very helpful in the whole correspondence…”
University of Alabama
“The good thing about fuelcellmaterials is that they offer a wide variety of SOFC products that we can simply get whatever we wanted for our research, but that’s not all: their services and assistance went well beyond providing those separate parts; they would try to answer whatever questions arose during those applications. They even have a “think tank” to help us analyze the defects of our button-cell testing fixtures. It’s amazing.”
Louisiana State University
“The experience with fuelcellmaterials is a pleasant one. The staff is always very supportive and helpful. We really appreciate the help.”