Electrochemical Approaches to Modular Power Generation Workshop

ARPA-E hosted a workshop entitled “Electrochemical Approaches to Modular Power Generation” on Thursday, June 6, 2013 and Friday, June 7, 2013 in Chicago, IL. 

The purpose of the workshop was for ARPA-E to gather input from a diverse range of experts as it considers the creation of a program around technology advances required to increase performance and reduce cost of electrochemical devices, such as fuel cells for power generation in both stationary distributed generation and transportation (fuel cell vehicles) environments. Current ARPA-E thinking is that an intermediate temperature operating range, such as 200 – 500oC, could overcome persistent challenges with low temperature proton exchange membranes (PEM) and high temperature solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). ARPA-E will not consider material systems that overlap with other Department of Energy programs, such as Nafion and yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ). The focus will be new materials and device designs that reduce both material and system costs. Specific technical areas of discussion will include:

  • Intermediate temperature electrolytes and electrodes
  • Novel reforming concepts for the direct conversion of natural gas and/or gasoline
  • Hybrid devices such as: combined fuel cell & hydrogen storage, hybrid fuel cell and combustion systems, reversible fuel cells, etc.
  • Scalable manufacturing techniques that could enable economical fuel cells at smaller production volumes

Proceedings and workshop slides from the meeting are presented below. View the workshop agenda (pdf).

Day 1:

Thursday, June 6, 2013

11:00 – 12:00 PM


Registration, informal discussions

12:00 – 12:15

Lunch, Introductory Presentations

ARPA-E overview

Eric Rohlfing


12:15 – 1:00

Technology vision, workshop overview

John Lemmon

1:00 – 1:30

Distributed Generation & Vehicles Overviews

Distributed Generation Applications

Rick Fioravanti

1:30 – 1:45

Modular Power Needs for the Military

MAJ Brandon Newell
US Marine Corps

1:45 – 2:00

Fuel Cell Vehicle Overview

Logan Grizzel

2:00 – 2:10

Prep for Breakout Sessions

Breakout session instructions and guidance

John Lemmon

2:10 – 2:30

Coffee break

2:30 – 5:00

Parallel Breakout Sessions

Potential Applications for Fuel Cells and Other Electrochemical Devices

Sessions will focus on distributed generation (DG), vehicle, and military applications

DG Readout - Ping Liu

DG Readout - Eric Rohlfing

Military Readout - Amul Tevar

Vehicle Readout - Dane Boysen




6:00 – 7:30

Informal Discussions

Elephant & Castle Pub, ground floor: John Lemmon and ARPA-E staff will be available to discuss ideas with attendees

7:30 - Onward


Several group reservations will be made for nearby restaurants, and signup sheets will be available at registration.

 Day 2:

Friday, June 7, 2013

7:30 – 8:00 AM

Breakfast, Recap of Day 1


8:00 – 8:20

Recap of Day 1 and first breakout sessions

John Lemmon

8:20 – 8:30

Novel Technology Ideas

Inorganic Materials for IT Fuel Cells

Eric Wachsman
Univ. Maryland

8:30 – 8:40

New Approaches to C/H Bond Activation

Vy Dong

8:40 – 8:50

IT Catalysts and Solid Acid Electrolytes

Calum Chisolm

8:50 – 9:00

New Fuel Cell Manufacturing Ideas

Hossein Ghezel-Ayagh
Fuel Cell Energy

9:00 – 9:10

Prep for Breakout Sessions

Breakout session instructions and guidance

John Lemmon

9:10 – 9:30

Coffee break

9:30 – 11:30

Parallel Breakout Sessions

Technology-Specific Discussion

Sessions will focus on materials, fuel processing, manufacturing, and hybrid electrochemical systems.

Fuel Processing Readout
Hybrid Readout
Manufacturing Readout
Materials Readout

11:30 – 12:00 PM


ARPA-E Program Directors give brief recaps of each breakout session

12:00 – 12:15

Concluding Remarks

Workshop recap and next steps

John Lemmon