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NexTech Receives Funding for Advanced Fuel Cell Stack Technology (posted 7/22/08)

July 22, 2008
NexTech has been developing advanced planar SOFC stack technology based on its FlexCell concept for the past four years.

NexTech Materials, Ltd. has received funding for three unrelated projects based on its advanced solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) planar stack technology. Most recently, the U.S. Department of Energy, through its SECA program, selected NexTech to develop its planar FlexCell™ SOFC technology for large-scale stationary power systems. NexTech has also been selected by the U.S. Navy for two development projects, one to design a fuel cell system for underwater vehicle applications, and the other for the development of stack technology for use in a land-based auxiliary power unit (APU).

NexTech has been developing advanced planar SOFC stack technology based on its FlexCell concept under support of the Air Force, the State of Ohio and private funding for the past four years. The electrolyte-supported design, combined with advanced anode and cathode systems, delivers high power density, unparalleled sulfur tolerance, and scalability to large areas.

“We are very pleased to have our technology selected for further development by multiple agencies,” said Bill Dawson, president and chief executive officer. “The rigorous technical evaluation that our approaches have successfully passed is a strong validation of our technology.”

Details on the DOE-funded project can be found at www.netl.doe.gov/publications/press/2008/08016-SECA_Projects_Awarded.html. Funding from the Navy is through a two-year Phase II SBIR contract with the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and a one-year contract award with Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA).

Partners in these projects include the Ohio Department of Development, which was instrumental in providing seed funding through the Third Frontier Program, and The Ohio State University, which will be working with NexTech to design mechanically robust large area fuel cells.

Visit www.nextechmaterials.com for more information.