Redox Power Systems and Oak Ridge National Laboratory $1.2 Million Project Award for Roll-to-Roll Manufacturing of SOFCs

For Immediate Release 


Beltsville, MD — Redox Power Systems, LLC (Redox) is pleased to share that Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Redox have won an award in the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF) program. ORNL will complete the project with Redox to continue development and scaleup of our roll-to-roll (R2R) manufacturing methods for Redox’s lower temperature, high power Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs). Following from proof-of-concept results that Redox conducted with Kodak, a Small Business Vouchers (SBV) award was received with ORNL and Redox working to optimize several R2R techniques, including calendaring lamination, for SOFC manufacturing. Redox’s SOFCs made with the optimized R2R methods showed the same performance as our cells manufactured through more conventional, discrete processing methods (e.g., layer-by-layer lamination, one device at a time).

Redox CTO Bryan Blackburn, Ph.D. stated: “We are excited that DOE’s Office of Technology Transitions sees the technical merit and market potential in the continued funding of ORNL’s and Redox’s roll-to-roll development efforts. Redox believes that working together with ORNL will result in higher throughput capability and cost savings of R2R techniques at lower production volumes.” The R2R development efforts will allow Redox to accelerate market traction with small-scale SOFC systems (e.g., 5 kW – 25 kW building blocks) that are cost competitive with the status quo and other alternative energy solutions. 

Of the $33 Million in TCF awards across 82 projects, the ORNL/Redox award is the fourth largest and is expected to start in early 2021.