Government & Defense

The Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Energy (DOE) and NASA all have interest in developing solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology as this is a path to enable efficient power systems.

The DoD vision for SOFC technology is to develop lightweight logistic fuel compatible systems for an array of applications: silent watch auxiliary power units, power generation for battery charging, range extenders for electric vehicles, power for unmanned aerial and underwater vehicles. By providing power at a higher efficiency this reduces the burden on the supply lines which ultimately can save soldiers lives.

The DOE sees this technology as a means to achieving cost-effective electricity generation from abundant domestic coal and natural gas resources, with minimal use of water and near-zero atmospheric emissions of carbon dioxide and pollutants. Read the DOE article.

Nexceris’ Fuel Cell Business Unit works closely our customers from these agencies to develop our stack technology to meet their specific goals.

Nexceris Fuel Cell Applications

Power for Unmanned Aerial and Ground Vehicles

The U.S. military has significantly increased the use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) for a variety of functions, such as reconnaissance, surveillance and targeting/acquisition. It also has been using unmanned ground vehicles (UGV) for dismounted military operations providing transport for gear. Both platforms are being used for expanding the types of missions with a concomitant need for increased payloads, weight and power draws, which leads to reduced endurance. This drives the need for power-dense auxiliary power units (APU). To meet this need, Nexceris has been developing an Ultra-High Power Density (HPD) Stack for use in these applications. What separates our technology from the competition is our sulfur tolerant cell/stack formations that facilitate the use of logistic fuel such as JP-8 or JP-5.

Nexceris SOFC Unmanned Vehicles

Power for Unmanned Aerial and Ground Vehicles

The U.S. military has significantly increased the use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) for a variety of functions, such as reconnaissance, surveillance and targeting/acquisition. It also has been using unmanned ground vehicles (UGV) for dismounted military operations providing transport for gear. Both platforms are being used for expanding the types of missions with a concomitant need for increased payloads, weight and power draws, which leads to reduced endurance. This drives the need for power-dense auxiliary power units (APU). To meet this need, Nexceris has been developing an Ultra-High Power Density (HPD) Stack for use in these applications. What separates our technology from the competition is our sulfur tolerant cell/stack formations that facilitate the use of logistic fuel such as JP-8 or JP-5.

Nexceris SOFC Electric Military Vehicles

Soldier Portable Power

As the U.S. military’s communications systems continue to advance enabling situational awareness, connectivity, mission command and actionable intelligence, so does the power consumption demand for these systems. This also directly increases the weight of batteries that need to be carried – a physical burden on our dismounted Soldiers. This drives the need for developing lightweight efficient power systems, which can help lighten the load of our Troops. Additionally, emissions are also important to ensure the health and safety of our Soldiers. To help meet these needs, Nexceris’ HPD Stack can be modified to provide a combination of low weight and efficient operation. Another enabling attribute is the fuel flexibility our stack can offer. We can tailor our design for use in logistic fuel systems or for systems using hydrogen (from Alane) or other sources such as butane, propane or methane.

Nexceris SOFC Portable Soldier Power

Power Generation for Air Independent Vehicles

Air independent vehicles include submarines, unmanned underwater vehicles (UUV) and planetary landers. This unique application requires the vehicle/platform to carry both the oxidant (typically liquid oxygen as a substitute for air) and fuel supply on board. Because both reactants are carried as payload, high-efficiency operation is extremely important. Nexceris has been developing stacks capable of operating in pure oxygen at extremely high efficiencies. What separates us from the competition is our ability to tailor our HPD Stack for high-efficiency operation and our coatings that protect our metallic components from accelerated corrosion caused by the high-oxygen content environment.

Nexceris Morpheus Lander

Nexceris Updates

Nexceris - ICACC 2020 Conference

FCM Team Speaking at ICACC Conference

Nexceris is excited to present the results of a SOFC development project at the 44th International Conference and Expo on Advanced Ceramics and Composites (ICACC) which will take place in Daytona Beach, Florida from January 26-31, 2020.

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