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Testing and Performance Analysis of NASA 5 cm by 5 cm Bi-Supported Solid Oxide Electrolysis Cells Operated in Both Fuel Cell and Steam Electrolysis Modes

[+] Author Affiliations
R. C. O’Brien

Center for Space Nuclear Research/INL, Idaho Falls, ID

J. E. O’Brien, C. M. Stoots, X. Zhang

Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Falls, ID

S. C. Farmer

NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH

T. L. Cable

Praxair, Tonawanda, NY

J. A. Setlock

University of Toledo, Toledo, OH

Paper No. IMECE2011-62585, pp. 513-521; 9 pages
  • ASME 2011 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 4: Energy Systems Analysis, Thermodynamics and Sustainability; Combustion Science and Engineering; Nanoengineering for Energy, Parts A and B
  • Denver, Colorado, USA, November 11–17, 2011
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5490-7
  • Copyright © 2011 by ASME


A series of 5 cm by 5 cm bi-supported Solid Oxide Electrolysis Cells (SOEC) were produced by NASA for the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and tested under the INL High Temperature Steam Electrolysis program. The results from the experimental demonstration of cell operation for both hydrogen production and operation as fuel cells is presented. An overview of the cell technology, test apparatus and performance analysis is also provided.

Copyright © 2011 by ASME



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