Redox Power Systems Receives $1 Million Project Award for Hydrogen Production

By September 20, 2019 2   min read  (229 words)

September 20, 2019 |

Fuel Cells Works, Redox Power Systems Project To Develop Low Cost Solid Oxide Fuel Cells For Small-Scale Distributed Power Generation

College Park, MD— On August 15th, 2019, the U.S. Department of Energy announced Redox Power Systems is to receive $1M in FY 2019 funding to further the H2@Scale concept, which “will advance hydrogen storage and infrastructure technologies and identify innovative concepts for hydrogen production and utilization including grid resiliency.” 

Redox Principal Engineer leading the project, Sean Bishop, said, “Redox is developing a thin film concept to enable clean and green hydrogen production from pure steam using electricity from renewable resources.

The project goal is to reduce the cost of pure steam electrolysis by >40% by using a multi-layer thin film concept to overcome problems of efficiency and durability faced by ceramic electrolyzers.

Additionally, high-temperature processing challenges that have hindered device performance and scalability will be addressed using advanced physical vapor deposition techniques.”  Redox is a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) power system developer with lower temperature, higher power, and lower cost cell technology.

The development of this new solid oxide electrolysis cell (SOEC) technology complements the company’s SOFC efforts and will allow Redox to use excess renewable energy to produce hydrogen.  Solar and wind power need large battery storage installations to deal with intermittent output, whereas Redox’s SOFCs can use the H2 to generate always-on electricity more cost-effectively and with a much smaller footprint.

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