Modular Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Genset that Operates Directly from JP-8, Diesel, Propane or Natural Gas without Desulfurization or Water

AFFILIATION:   Energy Technologies, Inc., Mansfield, Ohio, United States


Track: Energy & Resilience
Area: Power Generation
Tech Readiness: TRL 5

Tech Brief: This system is an efficient, modular and scalable Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) system that can convert numerous fuels or feedstocks into electrical energy similar to that produced by traditional engine-generators. Major advantage is this fuel-cell does not require special fuels or secondary processing of the fuels like others require.


Value Proposition: As shown in the Iraq and Afghanistan engagements, off-grid electrical power is essential to operations. Most of this power has been produced by diesel/JP8 engine-generators requiring numerous convoys and airlifts to deliver the fuel, as well as high maintenance. This has resulted in high monetary costs as well as putting the convoy warfighters in jeopardy to roadside IEDs. From discussions with military personnel, ETI began exploring the use of fuel-cells to displace the engine-generators. Overall fuel-cell power is more efficient compared to engine-generators. One method is to use the same JP8 fuel as the feedstock for the fuel-cell. Consequently, we developed a rugged power generation solution in collaboration with Technology Management, Inc. Compared to traditional engine-generators, this solution: • uses less JP8, • can use other locally available fuels, • produces far less emissions (CO, CO2, etc.), • requires much less maintenance, • is smaller in physical size, • is lighter weight, • is very quiet in operation eliminating sound barrier requirements and • has a much lower heat signature. Compared to SOFC, this solution: • does not require fuel desulfurization, • can use other locally available fuels and • does not require makeup water.


Org Type: Small to Medium Enterprise