The Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has selected for funding 16 solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology research projects. Fuel cells are a modular, efficient, and virtually pollution-free power generation technology. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2015, NETL issued two funding opportunities announcements (FOAs) to support programs that enable the development and deployment of this energy technology.
The projects will receive funding through NETL’s Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Program. The projects are under two topic areas: Innovative Concepts, geared towards undercutting current SOFC technology costs; and SOFC Core Technology, aimed at laboratory- and bench-scale projects that improve SOFC design. The University of Maryland is leading a SOFC Core Technology project, and is a partner on Redox Power Systems’ Innovative Concepts project. These projects will serve a critical role in moving SOFC technology closer to commercial deployment, with some of the small-scale demonstration projects illustrating the potential of SOFC technology to transfer to industry applications within the next 5 to 10 years.
The two Maryland projects are:
In-Operando Evaluation of SOFC Cathodes for Enhanced Oxygen Reduction Reaction Activity and Durability
High Power, Low-Cost SOFC Stacks for Robust and Reliable Distributed Generation
July 15, 2015