WATT Fuel Cell Corporation is a developer and manufacturer of Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (“SOFC”) stacks and systems that operate on common, readily available hydrocarbon fuels such as propane, natural gas, JP-8, and diesel.
WATT’s mission is to provide portable, quiet, light, efficient, affordable, and environmentally responsible energy solutions to a range of power markets with its superior hybrid power products and advanced manufacturing capabilities.
Founded in 2010, WATT commenced its product development and operations in Long Island, NY. In April 2014, the Company acquired veteran fuel cell developer, Pittsburgh Electric Engines Inc. (“PEEI”). During the summer of 2014, operations were expanded with the building of a state-of-the-art SOFC (Solid Oxide Fuel Cell) additive manufacturing production facility in Mt. Pleasant, PA, about an hour southeast of Pittsburgh.
WATT currently employs 24 people and is ready to expand its management team with strategic hires that will help expand business development, production, and sales.
WATT’s ceramic based micro-tubular SOFCs operate at high temperatures, enabling operation on commercial fuels such as propane, and delivering efficient, clean power. WATT has developed a proprietary manufacturing technique—similar to 3D printing—called the Additive Manufacturing Process (“AMP”), which creates an entire fuel cell tube using automated printing processes. AMP allows for the integration of low-cost design innovation and positions WATT with superior leveraged scalability to drive down unit costs as commercial manufacturing ramps up to meet demand.
WATT’s products are based on a common stack-module, a building block that enables flexibility to address multiple markets with varying form and power factors with minimal additional development cost. Different applications require different amounts of power, which are addressed by any multiple of the stack-modules, analogous to a blade server type module, where additional power can be obtained by adding blades. Applications requiring more power are addressed by simply adding more modules. Demonstrations have shown that “power networking” modules do not negatively affect system performance.
In 2015, the Company introduced a 1kW portable, propane powered, hybrid SOFC system, which includes power management capabilities. The hybrid system is quiet, lightweight (less than 30lbs), efficient, and has the ability to utilize both hydrocarbon fuels in conjunction with solar or wind technologies to optimize power output, energy storage and fuel consumption.