Ceramatec’s proprietary NaSICON formulation is stable with molten sodium. This engendered the development of multiple intermediate temperature sodium based batteries. Ceramatec produces 25 Wh, 100 Wh and 250 Wh unit cells with various catholytes. These units can be further developed into module level systems for grid storage and vehicle applications. Work is also being conducted to develop a Lithium Sulphur battery using our LiSICON membrane.
Activities are associated with electro-synthesizing ammonia utilizing a ceramic membrane reactor to significantly decrease energy input and simplify the complexity to enable onsite production. In addition, given its modularity this process could be combined with renewable energy sources.
While working with our partners at Nissan North America and the Los Alamos National Laboratory, under funding from ARPA-E, Ceramatec is developing a medium temperature (approx. 200C) fuel cell for future automotive applications. Operation at this temperature range reduces the overall onboard system part count, increases the efficiency of operation when compared to a PEM fuel cell, and provide fuel flexibility.
Conducting research activities to convert various organic feed-stocks including lipids generated from micro-organisms, algae or other sources into valuable chemicals and fuels. Conversion is conducted electrochemically using our sodium super ionic conducting membranes and is thus modular in nature.
Ongoing activities are associated with developing a sodium heat engine that can take heat from a variety of sources including solar power and directly convert it to electricity without any moving parts. Efficiency goals exceed 40 percent.
Ceramatec, with partners at Drexel University and Pacific Northwest National Lab, with funding from the DOE Carbon, Hydrogen, and Separation Efficiencies (CHASE) project, have developed a Solid Oxide Electrolysis Stack capable of upgrading pyrolysis oil. The Ceramatec stack has the capability of reducing the oxygen content of the pyrolysis product while maintaining carbon and hydrogen content, increasing the overall energy content of the fuel and stability.