The design takes advantage of highly conductive metal cell supports and edge current collection to ensure efficient power production. Traditionally, the various functions performed by the Berkeley Lab joint require physical separation, which complicates the manufacturing process and produces a less robust cell. The new joint demonstrates excellent structural integrity and is expected to be inexpensive and easy to manufacture. Novel Berkeley Lab brazing techniques make the innovative design possible.
Applications and Industries
- Electrochemical devices, especially metal supported tubular SOFC cells
- Electronic devices operating at elevated temperatures
- Robust, gas-tight, and compact
- Provides electrical management over a wide range of temperature
- Promises to be inexpensive and easy to manufacture
- Enables rapid thermal cycling and endures thermal shock