“My group has been studying and advancing system concepts for high-temperature (>650°C) reversible solid oxide cell technology for over 10 years now,” Prof. Braun said. “We’ve worked in collaboration with Northwestern on several projects and are very excited to work now with Nexceris to develop stacks and system hardware towards demonstrating the systems we’ve designed and to move the technology one large step forward.”
The project is part of a U.S. Department of Energy program that seeks R&D on new materials, stack design, balance-of-plant and control system to both produce hydrogen for energy storage and reverse these systems to generate electricity. Such flexible systems are deemed critical for grid-integration and renewable energy firming through both hydrogen and power production.
The 3-year, $600,000 award to Mines will help support one graduate student, one post-doc, and lab and test rig development for pressurized, reversing operation of high-temperature Nexceris stacks, as well as enabling techno-economic evaluation and full system testing at Nexceris facilities.