Phase II Amount
This proposed work is intended to demonstrate the innovative SOFC Power Generator explored in the Phase I SBIR work and introduce novel technologies from our Research Partner to further reduce system weight and increase system lifetimes. The Phase II development will have four main Objectives (Optimization, Design, Test, and Deliver) and three core areas of work (SOFC Stack, Housing & Suspension, and Electronics). Technical Objective 1: Utilize state-of-the-art electrochemical kinetic modeling established at Colorado School of Mines (CSM, Dr. Robert Kee) to optimize the SOFC current collection designs in an effort to minimize current collection mass, as well as optimize performance and mitigate chromium degradation mechanisms traditionally observed in AE SOFC systems. Provide experimental feedback (CSM, Dr. Neal Sullivan) on chromium mitigation opportunities to train modeling exercises. Technical Objective 2: Update the designs generated in Phase I of this work for the SOFC Stack, system Housing and Suspension, and Electronics. These design updates should remain consistent with the original program metrics (shown in Table 1) and rely on the Platoon Power Generator performance specification where appropriate. Incorporate SOFC cell performance optimization opportunities from CSM based on a SWAP analysis. Technical Objective 3: Build at least 2 prototype SOFC Power Systems at the 1kW level for testing and evaluation in laboratory environments. These prototypes will be tested for cyclic endurance, startup time, and vibration tolerance, per the program metrics. Additional environmental or simulated field testing may occur within this objective. Technical Objective 4: Update the system design to correct design flaws highlighted in prototype system testing and produce 1 functional prototype of a 1kW SOFC power system that meet the Phase I metrics (outlined in Table 1) and substantially meet the requirements listed in the Platoon Power Generator Performance Specification. AE anticipates that this delivered system will have reached TRL 4-5 maturity and be subsequently used for testing and evaluation purposes by the US Army.