Lewis Center OH (October 27, 2014)
NexTech Materials, Ltd. is pleased to announce that it has received a Phase II SBIR contract from the U.S. U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) for a project aimed at the design, development and demonstration of a power dense solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) stack that will be integrated into a 10-kW scale auxiliary power unit (APU) for military ground vehicles. In Phase I of this project, NexTech established a comprehensive stack design, incorporating its sulfur tolerant anode technology, enabling reliable power generation with military logistic fuels. In Phase II, NexTech will build and test these stacks to validate its design against key military specifications. Additional engineering efforts will focus on reducing stack weight and volume, improving stack efficiency, and increasing sulfur tolerance. The project will culminate with the delivery of a 10-kW stack to the Army for testing and evaluation. Successful execution of this project will result in a significant improvement in simplicity, reliability and size of SOFC-based power systems and provide new capabilities for military ground vehicles.
“NexTech is pleased that the Army has selected our sulfur tolerant SOFC stack technology for further development. The project will expand our SOFC technology portfolio, and enable us to meet a critical need of the U.S. Army. We are extremely gratified that TARDEC has placed their confidence in us to execute on this project,” says Dr. Scott Swartz, NexTech’s Chief Technology Officer.
Fuel cells offer performance and efficiency advantages for power generation in a broad range of military applications, including auxiliary power units, gen-sets, battery chargers, tent city heat and power systems, runway lighting, and a number of unmanned vehicles for ground, sea and air. Specific to military ground vehicle APUs,NexTech’s SOFC technology will enable the APU to operate silently for longer mission durations.
About NexTech Materials, Ltd.
NexTech Materials, Ltd., located in Lewis Center, Ohio, is a leading developer and supplier of materials, components and services for the fuel cell and related industries and is dedicated to reducing the manufacturing and operating costs of fuel cells and other electrochemical devices. NexTech is developing technology used in fuel cell stacks for military and residential power applications, sensors for gas detection and control systems, catalysts for energy conversion systems, and coatings for high temperature metal protection. Founded as a privately held company in 1994, NexTech’s vision is to be a global leader in the development and manufacturing of innovative products for energy and environmental markets. For more information, please visit www.nextechmaterials.com.