Lab Spotlight

NETL’s Electrocatalysts for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

Agency: 
Dept. of Energy

(Photo credit: NETL)

The National Energy Technology Laboratory’s (NETL) Sono-Tek spray coater, seen here, is helping to better harness the potential of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) by more precisely applying an electrocatalyst. Highly efficient, environmentally friendly SOFCs convert chemical energy directly into electricity. NETL researchers have engineered methods to treat SOFC cathodes with a special electrocatalyst that can dramatically improve the fuel cells’ function and produce a bigger energy bang for the buck.

NETL is a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory that produces technological solutions to America’s energy challenges. The laboratory develops tools and processes to provide clean, reliable and affordable energy at research sites in Albany, Ore.; Morgantown, W.Va.; and Pittsburgh, Pa. NETL’s mission is to discover, integrate, and mature technology solutions to enhance the nation’s energy foundation and protect the environment for future generations.

Category: 
Lab Spotlight
Region: 
Mid-Atlantic