Department Of Energy Awards Nexceris $3M For RSOC Technology

Sept. 30, 2020
Nexceris is awarded $3M by the U.S. Department of Energy to accelerate commercialization of its proprietary reversible solid oxide cell technology.

Nexceris, LLC announces that it is awarded $3 million by the U.S. Department of Energy to accelerate commercialization of its proprietary reversible solid oxide cell (RSOC) technology. The project is intended to fulfill DOE’s objective of accelerating the pace of commercialization for small-scale solid oxide hybrid power systems using solid oxide cells for hydrogen production and power generation. 

In announcing the funding opportunity Secretary of Energy Dan Brouilette stated, “The Department of Energy plays an important role in advancing innovation to provide clean and reliable energy for the American people.” Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy Steven Winberg said, “SOFC that are ready to be utilized by commercial customers will help us meet global emissions targets, as well as make hydrogen production more widely available than ever before.”

Nexceris and its partners, Northwestern University and the Colorado School of Mines, will scale its stack technology to the prototype system level to achieve hydrogen production costs of less than $2/kg at a large-scale system level (100 kW or larger). The project capstone will be a pressurized stack demonstration, demonstrating the production of hydrogen, its storage and reverse oxidation to generate electricity using solid oxide cell technology.

The solid oxide cell being developed in the program could play an enabling role in emerging power to X value streams, according to Nexceris, in which hydrogen generated by electrolysis can be used to provide seasonal energy storage or serve as a feedstock to fuels or high value chemicals. The RSOC design being developed in the program will utilize a single energy conversion system to produce hydrogen and convert it back to electricity, reducing the size and capital cost of industrial installations.

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