Delphi Awarded Further Government Funding for Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Development
Contract builds upon already-successful Department of Energy efforts
ROCHESTER, NY -- Delphi Corp. (PINKSHEETS: DPHIQ) is part of a team led by UTC Power, a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) company, that has been selected to develop technology for the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Solid State Energy Conversion Alliance (SECA) Program. The project -- which includes $22 million in funding over two years -- focuses on enhancing energy security through zero-emission applications; it specifically targets solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) development. United Technologies Research Center is also part of the team.
By converting chemical energy in conventional fuels directly into useful electrical power without combustion, a SOFC operates quietly and at a higher efficiency level than traditional internal combustion engines. In fact, Delphi’s SOFC emits nearly zero emissions under any operating conditions. Energy sources that support Delphi’s SOFC auxiliary power units include natural gas, diesel, bio-diesel, propane, gasoline, coal-derived fuel and military logistics fuel.
Delphi has been working with the DOE under the SECA program since 2002. During that time, Delphi made significant advances in SOFC’s power density and cost reduction. As part of that initial contract, Delphi and UTC Power will supply a 5kw demonstration system with larger cells and stacks by the end of 2008. With this most recent award, the team will:
* Design a sub-scale, proof-of-concept system
* Develop manufacturing capabilities
* Resolve issues related to cost, performance and manufacturability of larger-scale fuel cells
* Fabricate and test a scaled stack suitable for use in a full-scale system
“At Delphi, we’re proud to be counted on by SECA for this important project and again be recognized as a leader in solid oxide fuel cell development,” said Mary Gustanski, Delphi Powertrain Systems director of Engineering, Customer Satisfaction, Program Management and Operations. “We look forward to working with UTC Power and leveraging their expertise in larger commercial and industrial applications.”
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