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Protonex Awarded $2.0M Contract to Further Develop Liquid-Fueled SOFC Power Systems

Protonex Technology Corporation has received a $2.0 million contract award from the US Army to build, test and deliver solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) power systems operating on high-performance liquid fuels.

This 12-month contract builds upon a prior program with the US Army and will focus on system integration and testing in order to develop a fully integrated liquid fuel generator system. At the conclusion of the program, Protonex is expected to deliver multiple liquid-fuelled SOFC power systems to the Army for further testing and evaluation.

Development of these small SOFC systems will provide the military with lightweight, extremely quiet and fuel efficient power systems that can be used as auxiliary power units (APUs), portable generators or field battery chargers. (Earlier post.) With further anticipated improvements, Protonex’ portable SOFC systems could save more than 60% of the weight of existing power solutions and when used to power equipment directly, the fuel cell systems offer potential savings of more than 80% of the weight burden of primary batteries.

This additional program further validates the growing interest by the US military to identify new power solutions for soldiers and vehicles. This program will allow us to accelerate the conversion of our SOFC systems to liquid fuels and further advance our leading-edge SOFC platforms for military and commercial markets.

— Dr. Jerry Martin, Vice President of SOFC Development for Protonex


Henry Gibson

For vehicles of any size, a small diesel engine could be highly efficient. It could be as efficient as this complicated fuel cell system. The OPOC diesel engine design has been available for some time. If a soldier needs light weight power instead of alkaline cells, more funding should go to the REVOLT Zinc air system. They are lighter weight than any lithium. Sound proofing for truck systems is very available. Large systems can use Capstone type turbines. The NOAX free piston engine is possible in all sizes. It is very easy to design several ways of getting electrical output from it; Pescara already did. Small ZEBRA batteries, charged with regenerated power, cost a lot now, but can be used with very little complication. Lithium batteries are very useful but also expensive. ..HG..


Forget it hg the fuel cell dominates big time in this market. This is one of the reasons the army wanted fuel cells they can pack alot more power into a small footprint with quiet operation and light weight compared to anything else available and they are improving by leaps and bounds.

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