NexTech Awarded $3 Million Towards Development of SOFCs for Transportation APU Applications

NexTech materialsNexTech materials is the recipient of two awards towards development of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) for use in transportation and aerospace auxiliary power unit (APU) applications. The U.S. Commerce Department's Advanced Technology Program (ATP) will provide up to $2 million, while Ohio's Third Frontier Fuel Cell Program (TFFCP) will provide $898,137 . These projects address the development of a SOFC architecture and manufacturing process that offer unparalleled power density, improved manufacturability, better mechanical integrity and ability to use liquid hydrocarbon fuels. The proposed concept represents an order of magnitude improvement over current fuel cell development efforts that are focused on land-based, mass-market commercial opportunities. Collaborators on these projects include SOFCo-EFS Holdings, LLC; Edison Materials Technology Center; and NASA Glenn Research Center.

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