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Development

Ceramatec has specific experience in scaling technologies beyond the laboratory scale to a demonstration or piloting scale, thus de-risking technologies before commercialization.

We work closely with our customers to determine the appropriate demonstration scale for their application. Some of the ongoing development and piloting activities include:

Fischer Tropsch (FT) Reactor

Ceramatec has developed a compact FT system design to reduce the costs and risks associated with reactor design, fabrication, and operation through the following means:

Fischer Tropsch Reactor Skid

  • Use of off the shelf materials and components rather than custom manufactured hardware
  • Implementation of a fixed-bed reactor design
  • Limiting the reactor train module size to 3m x 3m x 15m for over-the-road mobility
  • Employment of removable catalyst bed elements for off-site catalyst activation and service
  • Fabrication of pressure boundary components from standard industrial piping and fittings
  • Optimization of thermal management to allow for operation with high-activity catalysts and low thermal variation in the reactor’s radial and axial profiles
  • Simplification of the process scheme to minimize capital costs through the elimination of the oxygen plant
  • Selection of catalysts to minimize or eliminate post-processing of heavy hydrocarbons

Gas to Liquids (GTL)

Employee reviewing results and operation of Ceramatec's gas to liquids lab testing.

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.

High Temperature Heat Exchangers

Ceramatec employee showcasing SiC heat exchanger,

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.

Heavy Oil Upgrading

Ceramatec employees working in a heavy oil upgrading pilot reactor using molten sodium to upgrade heavy oil.

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.

Solid Oxide Electrolysis for Aerospace

Solid Oxide Electrolysis Cell used to convert carbon dioxide to fuel, steam to hydrogen or carbon dioxide and steam to synthetic gas (carbon monoxide and hydrogen.

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.

Solid Oxide Fuel and Electrolysis Cells

Solid Oxide Fuel Cell is electrochemical conversion device that produces electricity directly from oxidizing a fuel.

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.

Ion Conducting Membranes

 Ceramatec's super ion conducting lithium conducting ceramic separator.

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.

 

Ceramatec employees in charge of processing various ceramic materials.
  • Highly skilled scientists, engineers and lab technicians
  • Pilot scale facilities and processes
  • Focused on providing solutions
  • Safety culture
  • Partnership with CoorsTek

What can we do for you?

Together with our material scientists, chemical and mechanical engineers, and electrochemists, we can help you solve problems and unleash the potential of technologies in the commercial marketplace.

Phone: 801-972-2455
Email: info@ceramatec.com