CFCC provides Tech Demo on proton-conducting ceramics at 2021 DoE ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit

CFCC provides Tech Demo on proton-conducting ceramics at 2021 DoE ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Neal Sullivan provided a virtual Tech Demo at the 2021 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit.  The Summit is organized by the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E), and is an annual conference and technology showcase that brings together experts from different technical disciplines and professional communities to think about America’s energy challenges in new and innovative ways. The Summit is aimed at moving transformational energy technologies out of the lab and into the market.

In this brief video, Prof. Sullivan presents the promise of novel proton-conducting ceramic materials for efficient electricity generation and energy storage. The Tech Demo features two active research programs supported by ARPA-E for scaling up protonic ceramics from small “button cells” to commercial devices; both are in partnership with commercial developer FuelCell Energy (Danbury, CT). Our new atomistic-spray manufacturing process is demonstrated, and used to deposit a key layer onto a tubular protonic-ceramic fuel cell for use in a military application, in partnership with Adaptive Energy (Ann Arbor, MI).

The Tech Demo brings awareness to the potential of new materials for meeting our energy needs, while featuring the work of the Colorado Fuel Cell Center research team.