Metal-Supported Solid Oxide Fuel Cells for Portable Power, Vehicle Range Extension, and Distributed Power

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 12:00pm
3110 Etcheverry Hall
Dr. Mike Tucker

Research Scientist, Energy Conversion Group

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


Solid oxide fuel cells convert fuel to electricity at high efficiency in the range 600-800degC. Metal-Supported Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (MS-SOFCs) developed at LBNL offer very high power density and unique tolerance to mechanical abuse and thermal shock. This innovative cell architecture enables fast-start applications including personal power products, vehicle range extenders, and distributed power generation. This talk will present the cell architecture and catalysts developed over the last 17 years, and highlight recent prototype development and cell metric achievements. Small-scale consumer products that produce power while cooking will be discussed in the context of camping and developing-world markets. The goals and achievements of a collaborative project with Nissan focusing on ethanol-fueled SOFC vehicles will be presented. Ample time will be available at the end of the talk to discuss research needs, collaboration opportunities, and innovative applications that the audience may have in mind.


Dr. Mike Tucker is a Research Scientist in the Energy Conversion Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where he develops electrochemical technologies including redox flow cells, and SOFC and PEM fuel cells. Throughout his career, Mike has focused on commercialization-driven research activities, working with many industrial collaborators and sponsors, recently leading customer discovery for technical teams in disparate fields, and as co-founder and CTO of Point Source Power, focusing on personal power products for the developing world. Mike is an inventor of 24 patent applications, 7 of which have been granted so far. He has also worked on lithium battery materials, ceramic filters for foundry applications, and innovative gas burners for kitchens.


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