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Ceramics in CLEAN TECH
Keywords: Ceramics, Coatings, Catalysts
This was originally submitted to the Renewable Energy Session: The role of ceramic materials and processes are becoming increasingly important in the Clean Technology (CleanTech) market space and its multitudes of applications. CleanTech in the past several years has garnered a tremendous increase in funding and venture capital attention. In some cases the key system component, such as solid oxide fuel cell stacks, are nearly entirely composed of ceramic materials and would not function without these materials. In other cases, a critical single component in the system, such as a ceramic insulation material might be all that inhibits the system from entering a runaway condition. The functions provided by ceramics include ion transport, thermal management, catalysis of gases or liquids, generation and or storage of power and energy, storage and release of hydrogen, generation of light, and the generation of energy from waste. This list is no where near complete. This paper focuses on the use of varying amounts of porosity with catalysis materials, to modify membrane and catalysis coating characteristics in fuel cell, gas separation membrane, and insulation packaging applications. These applications differ in the amount of porosity used in the key separation membrane, the yittria stabilized zirconia electrolyte in the fuel cell, the ceramic support structure in gas separation member, and the near total porosity fiber structure of ceramic insulation.
John A, Olenick, CEO & President
ENrG Incorporated
Buffalo, NY

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