Ceramatec has an operational GTL pilot plant onsite that can convert natural gas to synthetic fuel. The system is specifically designed for modular applications, and utilizes our own non-thermal plasma reformer and Fischer Tropsch reactor technologies. Ceramatec is currently funded through DOE and private funds on the scale up of this system.
Silicon carbide heat exchangers with micro-channels have been successfully designed and operated. Silicon carbide offers the advantages of high temperature operation and excellent heat conduction. Our micro-channel configuration enables very compact designs. These heat exchangers can be specifically design to meet customer needs.
Ceramatec working exclusively with our commercialization customer Field Upgrading is helping to pilot a novel new heavy oil upgrading modular process that can remove high levels of sulphur from heavy oil and upgrade it. This process is economic and environmentally friendly.
Ceramatec was awarded a NASA contract with partners MIT and JPL for development of the Mars Oxygen In Situ Resource Utilization Experiment (MOXIE) scheduled to launch aboard the Curiosity-class Mars2020 rover. The solid oxide electrolyser will convert the dry CO2 from the Mars atmosphere to O2 in support of the path towards a manned Mars mission. The MOXIE stack has successfully passed shock, vibe, and compression requirements, as well as testing to withstand the extreme temperature conditions expected on Mars. Advanced material development rapidly overcame the operational cycling degradation challenges inherent in such a mission and achieved a seal capable of maintaining greater than 99.6% purity over 20+ operational cycles.
Ceramatec has over 30 years of experience designing, fabricating, and demonstrating at a multi-kW scale solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) and solid oxide electrolysis cells (SOEC). Ceramatec’s sulfur tolerant SOFC has been demonstrated to provide additional fuel flexibility. In addition, Ceramatec, partnered with the Idaho National Lab, has demonstrated the first implementation of planar SOEC cells to convert high temperature steam directly to hydrogen and oxygen.
One of Ceramatec's core competencies is the ability to design and produce ion conducting ceramic membranes that are fully dense and conductive. We can make these membranes in configurations including both planar or tubular and sizes. Current ion conducting membranes include Sodium, Lithium, Oxygen and Hydrogen membranes. Ceramatec can also specifically develop other ceramic ion conductors for other cations.