Logistic-Fueled 500-kW SOFC Power System

Period of Performance: 05/11/2009 - 11/11/2009


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Nextech Materials, Ltd.
404 Enterprise Drive Array
Lewis Center, OH 43035
Principal Investigator


In this proposed SBIR project, NexTech Materials will determine feasibility of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) for large-scale (100+ kW) power generation from military logistic fuels. In Phase I, a conceptual design for a fuel cell power system operating on logistic fuel will be established in order to determine the expected energy density of a 500-kW SOFC system. Various operational modes will be considered, with experimental work to prove feasibility of candidate modes. Additional experimental work will be performed to determine the robustness of NexTech s SOFCs to various impurities that are expected to be present in the fuel and air streams. In Phase II, the detailed design of a 500-kW system will be completed and validated by sub-scale system testing. A dynamic model will also be established to simulate operability and transient performance of the fuel cell system.