Reversible Solid Oxide Fuel Cell System for Microgrid Energy Storage

AFFILIATION:   Boeing, Huntington Beach, California, United States


Track: Energy & Resilience
Area: Energy Storage
Tech Readiness: TRL 7

Tech Brief: System utilizes renewable energy and seawater to produce hydrogen in electrolysis mode. Hydrogen is compressed and stored as energy that is provided to the system in fuel cell mode to produce power, water, and heat using a single system and no logistical tail.


Value Proposition: The RSOFC system offers a modular energy independent solution that can use sunlight and seawater to generate and store energy for a variety of applications with no logistical tail and necessitates storage to ensure it can be predictably used in the overall mix of power generation by the utility. The technology allows for high efficient energy conversion that allows for reduced fuel consumption, fuel flexibility to integrate renewables such as biogas or operate on conventional diesel, and operate grid independent, supplying power to critical infrastructure. The system is designed with commercial off the shelf components for increase manufacturability, greatly reducing capital costs to the Department of Defense (DoD) in early stages of RSOFC technology deployment. The RSOFC system helps to address the DoD’s goals to increase use of alternative energy and reduce use of and logistical transport of petroleum.


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