Timeline 1) Establish large area, full-format solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) technology and develop the primitive concept for SOFC stack design: Within 2 years 2) Develop, evaluate, validate prototype for shorter SOFC stacks (~40cells): Within 4 years
Financials Budget for joint development already secured (details open to negotiation based on proposals)
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Development Partner for High-power-density SOFCs
NineSigma, representing a major manufacturer, seeks a partner to develop high-power-densitysolid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) stack. We are particularly looking for (a) technology to increase the size of metal-supported cells; (b) technology to prevent gas leakage from the edge of sintered porous metal substrate; (c) technology to reduce area specific resistance; and (d) repeat unit and stack design that improves the power density of stacks. The Client is willing to share, as necessary, their insights and resources with the selected partner for expediting the development. In particular, the Client has significant experience with lab-scale metal-supported cells.
Metal-supported solid oxide fuel cells (MS-SOFCs) has the features of excellent power generation efficiency, fuel flexibility superior start-up and thermal shock resistance. MS-SOFCs are expected to as a common choice for use in the power-generation systems for data centers and as a backup power supply and a battery to be loaded on battery integrated transportation. The Client has been working on the development of MS-SOFCs, yet their commercialization requires an even higher power density, and a breakthrough is critical in the performance of cells and stacks. Meanwhile, the development of SOFCs and their materials is widely performed around the world. The Client has therefore decided to make this RFP to further accelerate the research and development endeavors of their own selves.
Key Success Criteria
Aims of SOFC stack
Applications: cogeneration system, power supply for data center, backup power supply within plants, battery integrated transportation, etc.
Experience in prototyping / power generation (including type(s) and size(s) of cells)
Prevention of fuel gas leakage from the edge of sintered porous metal substrate
cell-to-cell sealing (experience in sealing technology for preventing internal and external leakage)
Amount of leakage reduction and conditions with sealing technology above
Reduction of ASR:
Amount of ASR (resistance between cells) and conditions (e.g. sample specifications, evaluation conditions)
the presence or absence of the laser welding technology
Improvement of power density of stacks
Experience in stacking of fuel cells (number of cell layers, and method for sealing and assembling)
Number of cells / cell dimensions, stack output, etc.
Experience in technology for performance/structure analysis (numerical analysis)
Facilities for the evaluation of fuel cells/stacks (capability of measuring electric current, voltage range, and impedance)
Conditions for cell/stack prototyping and sample testing (e.g. cost, period, contract terms)
Current challenges and future development plans
Potential for scale-up
Past results (e.g. research papers, patents)
Notes on Response
Proposal shall have clear points and should not include confidential information. Supplemental files may be submitted in addition to the proposal.
The client will evaluate all responses with the following criteria.
Overall scientific and technical merit
Approach to proof of concept or performance
Economic potential of concept
Realism of the proposed plan (action items, timeline, roles, deliverables, cost estimation)
Potential for proprietary position
Respondents’ capability and related experiences
Anticipated Project Process
After the submission due date, the client will review all submitted proposals. NineSigma will send the review results to each proposer 6-8 weeks after the due date. The client possibly asks clarifying questions before selecting the most suitable candidates for collaboration. The client will select best candidates through evaluations. During the selection process, the client may execute NDA with selected respondents, seek further information disclosure, and discuss specific development targets or potential opportunities.
The client will execute necessary agreements with the selected respondents and move to the advanced development phase. Specifics of any collaboration will be determined through consultation with the concerned parties.