Fuel Cells Made with Laser Precision

Kainos Energy was chosen for a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant to fund its development of nanotechnology for fuel cells meant to reduce cost and improve performance of the systems.

September 10, 2004 [] The grant was awarded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), and supports the “Innovative Laser-Based Process for Commercially Viable Nanostructured Solid Oxide Fuel Cells” program. The manufacturing process reduces solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) fabrication costs by eliminating 75 percent of the steps associated with conventional processes, according to the company. They use high deposition speeds, and reduce energy consumption and process emissions. Kainos Energy states their technology is suited to fabricating high fuel utilization cells for environmentally friendly distributed power generation, as well as rapid start-up stacks for applications such as fuel-saving auxiliary power units (APUs) for trucks and large vehicles, and for clean, efficient and quiet portable power generators.