Eric Wachsman

Tri-Generation of Heat, Power, and Potable Water from Waste

Dr. Wachsman’s project will demonstrate a highly-efficient, low-cost solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) for the co-generation of high quality heat for dewatering and drying processes, electric power and potable water using waste-produced biogas. The technology will be based on low-temperature SOFCs, optimized for heat production rather than electric power. The SOFC stack will use anodes which are both carbon and sulfur tolerant at lower temperatures to allow for thermal cycling and long-term operation without fuel contaminant induced degradation issues, such as sulfur poisoning. Deployment of the technology will be accelerated through Redox Power Systems, a company formed to commercialize Dr. Wachsman’s SOFC technology.

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