ENrG's Path to Zirconia Ribbon Ceramic

2003 – ENrG Incorporated founded.

2005-2007 – ENrG worked with Corning Incorporated on a National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Advanced Technology Program (ATP) award to develop solid oxide fuel cell technology.

2008 – ENrG licenses thin zirconia ceramic technology from Corning.

2009 – ENrG set up the first generation production line for fabrication of 40 microns thick flexible zirconia sheets.

2010 – Market introduction of thin zirconia sheets for the solid oxide fuel cell & electrolyzer markets.

2011 – Under New York State’s Energy Research and Development Authority’s (NYSERDA) new Entrepreneur-in-Residence program (NEIR) ENrG explored new markets for thin zirconia.  Customer outreach  identified market pull for continuous Roll-to-Roll (R2R) thin flexible ceramic.

2012 – ENrG began a multi-year investment into market development and systematically building the process and equipment to establish a manufacturing line for higher volume, lower cost and new format thin ceramic.

2013 – 2016 – Under several NYSERDA and ENrG funded programs, a thin zirconia production line is built, with the final program focused on the ribbon sintering process.

2017 – The first generation, pre-production system for continuous sintering of zirconia is brought on-line and first roll format customer samples delivered.  ENrG names the new piece of equipment “Barry”, in honor of NYSERDA Sr. Project Manager Barry Liebowitz.  ENrG originates the name “Ribbon Ceramic” for the thin flexible material.

2018 – First  Zirconia Ribbon Ceramic sales. First R2R coating on Zirconia Ribbon Ceramic demonstrated.

2019 – ENrG begins value-added custom patterning on thin zirconia sheets.

 

 

 

 

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Advantages of Using Thin E-Strate®

Thin E-Strate® for active or passive device fabrication. More robust than silicon.

As a ceramic, 3YSZ is inert, of high purity, tolerates processing temperatures to 1200°C, and with its low thermal mass can tolerate high thermal shock during deposition or coating processes.

Being ultra thin to 20 microns thick, it presents a very low thermal resistance path for heat removal and a super thin profile for component coating.  Multi-layers of active layer coated Thin E-Strate® can easily be stacked into low profile components.

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Industry Applications of Thin E-Strate®

Thin E-Strate® redefines the world of robust flexible ultra-thin ceramic foils.  Major applications include:

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    Fuel Cells
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    Electronics
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