Altair Nanotechnologies has just announced that it has successfully tested its advanced solid oxide fuel cell technology.
Initial tests were performed in March and successfully produced electricity. The system was modified and tested again in June, when it successfully produced voltage and current sufficient to drive an electric motor and 6 inch impeller.
The June tests subjected the fuel cells to a rigorous series of start up and shut down cycles after which the system showed no signs of deterioration. The system was also tested over a range of temperatures, up to 900°C.
Altair‘s technology has the advantage over other technologies, in that their’s is monolithic, consisting of only a single part. It utilises patented technology, involving nanoparticles, tape casting and sintering, which also lead to reduced manufacturing costs.
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