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DOE Awards $4.2 Million for Solid-Oxide Fuel Cell Research
DOE announced on July 19th its award of $4.2 million for 11 new projects that will "address the last barriers to commercially viable solid-oxide fuel cell systems," according to Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham. Solid-oxide fuel cells are a promising option for applications that require a large amount of power, such as industrial plants or utility generating stations. They operate at high temperatures and at high efficiency and can be powered with a variety of fuels. Nine of the 11 new projects are aimed at developing materials for the fuel-cell components that will better survive the high temperatures and corrosive conditions within the fuel cells. In addition, one project will evaluate new and existing fuel-injector designs, and another will evaluate means of avoiding carbon deposition on the fuel-cell catalyst. See the DOE press release.