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CX-003499: Categorical Exclusion Determination

High Temperature Hydrogen Generation Systems
CX(s) Applied: B3.6
Date: 08/19/2010
Location(s): South Carolina
Office(s): Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Golden Field Office

University of South Carolina (USC) would develop a science and technology foundation for systems that utilize waste heat to generate hydrogen. This would be accomplished by developing a heterogeneous material system for solid oxide electrolysis cells (SOEC) electrodes, develop an understanding of electrode microstructures and their control of functionality, develop degradation mitigation strategies and models for performance prognosis, and the creation of an SOEC manufacturing and test facility for the South Carolina region. They would outfit an existing structure with a fuel cell testing system and a Hogen hydrogen generator. Preliminary laboratory work would take place in the USC Department of Mechanical Engineering with work shifting to a new facility (USC Innovista Complex, Horizon I Research Building).