How EOS WorksThe NDCPower fuel cell process technology relies on a new class of alkaline fuel cells that utilize primary alcohols as anode fuels. NDCPower alkaline fuel cells operate at over 50% faradaic efficiency and produce carboxylic acids in quantitative yield. Ethanol, Methanol, or syngas-derived mixed alcohol blends provide optimal precursor feedstocks. Formic and acetic acids are the main constituents of the corresponding product stream, and will be sold as industrial commodity chemicals. EOS fuel cells do not cleave carbon-carbon bonds and do not produce CO2. EOS Chemical Process Modules deliver a new economic paradigm for the production of clean power from coal by obviating the need for combustion processes to generate electric power. Use of EOS electrochemical process technology to convert alcohols to carboxylic acids and electric power captures over 60% of the CO2 that would otherwise be produced by the direct combustion of coal. The highly efficient EOS process also produces 82% more electric power per ton of coal. The carboxylic acids produced include formic and acetic acids that can be sold in mature commodity markets. The electric power produced by EOS process modules can be delivered to the grid at substantially reduced prices. Plant operators can leverage the economic potential in every ton of coal by producing clean power at very competitive rates. When coupled with lucrative returns on commodity sales and tax incentives, EOS provides for an aggressive ROI on a coal-based power plant.
Unlike other DAFCs, the NDCPower fuel cell process technology has proven to be scalable. With size limits imposed by manufacturing tooling and not intrinsic, a fundamental power limit has not been identified. Stacks can be connected as modules to produce the level of power required. This modularity allows facile maintenance of an operating fuel cell power plant. If one of the cells is damaged or suffers from random statistical performance degradation, it is a straightforward matter to hot swap a replacement fuel cell stack. NDCPower maintains a fuel cell manufacturing line that is capable of sustained low rate initial production levels and will serve as a template for installation of a line that will produce the number and size of units needed . Extensive use is made of robotics and clean manufacturing environments to ensure reproducible yields and facile scalability.