Welcome to NorECs Norwegian Electro Ceramics AS
We specialize in equipment for characterization of electrical properties of materials at high temperatures up to 1600ºC and under controlled atmospheres, atmosphere control (gas mixers of all sorts) and measurement control and automation software.
Our main product, The ProboStat™ sample holder system is in use in highly recognised universities, institutes, and industries such as NASA or GE in more than 20 countries worldwide, notably USA and Japan, and in EU.
We have representatives in many countries; contact them or us directly.
To make an enquiry or order use the Enquiry page.
- BZY disk samples
Several perovskite structured solid-oxide electrolytes hydrate in the presence of water vapour and become proton conducting below 700°C. Yttrium-substituted barium zirconate (BZY) is considered to be one of the candidate materials for proton ceramic fuel cells (PCFCs) and electrolyzer cells (PCEC)due to its high proton conductivity and chemical stability towards H2O and CO2 containing atmospheres. NorECs now offers in-house fabricated dense BZY button cells with NiO as sintering aid (BaZr0.85Y0.15O3 + 1 w% NiO). They are suitable for tutorial studies of proton conduction, impedance spectroscopy of bulk, grain boundary, and electrode impedances, and standard electrolyte for testing of electrodes for PCFCs and PCECs.
Dimensions: Diameter ~18 mm, thickness 1-2 mm.
The disks can be mounted on any ProboStat™ system equipped with an up to 20 mmØ sample support tube assembly, or other user custom setups.
ProboStat base unit with selected 15 A feedthroughs
Standard ProboStat base units can now be delivered with high current capacity on selected electrical feedthroughs, tested with 15 A long-term. (Standard feedthroughs are rated at 5 A). Two feedthroughs can be connected in parallel to double the capacity. High current feedthroughs may be useful for ohmic heating of tubular gas separation membranes, for large-area electrodes on tubular fuel cells and electrolyzer cells, and for custom user setups. Note: High current feedthroughs require use of high-conductance wires in the hot zone, typically 1 mm diameter Pt or Ag, or 0.5 mm Au, to avoid overheating and melting of the contact, and that the contact to the wire is made with a high-temperature solder.
"MOSE" high precision oxygen sensor assembly
We can now deliver MicroPoas oxygen sensor (Setnag, France), mounted ready for use in any standard ProboStat units. MicroPoas has built-in metal reference so no reference gas is required. It has high resistance to thermal shocks. This miniaturized sensor (diameter = 3 mm, length 10 mm) is suitable for measuring continuously partial pressure variation from 10-35 to 10 atm. Working temperature range for the normal version is 500 to 800°C, but high temperature version with range 600°C to 1050°C is also available. Both types can be made with either S- or K-type thermocouple. Instrumentation for reading the signal and measuring the temperature is optional. > 1000 Mega-ohm input impedance is required. Picture below shows the tip of the MOSE sensor next to a ProboStat sample support tube.
- Please check Flow-section of our pages for Vögtlin flowmeters, controllers and valves. We are representative for Vögtlin in Norway.
- New high temperature ProboStat base unit versions
Base unit that tolerates heating up to 240 °C. Suitable in any type of measurements where you need to avoid water condensation or carbon precipitation in the internal ProboStat gas lines.
- Sample preparation labware
We offer equipment and consumables for ceramic sample preparation from well-known manufacturers:
- Laboratory press
- Pellet die set
- Consumables like spatulas, powder containers, pipettes, alumina plates, crucibles and combustion trays
We offer measurement services at elevated temperatures in case you want:
- single electrical characterization of your sample
- tests under controlled atmospheres but don’t have sufficient gas system in your lab
- test measurements before deciding whether the ProboStat system is the correct test features for your needs
- troubleshooting that cannot be solved directly via emails
- measurement training
or in case you don’t have the suitable measurement instrumentation.
- Data acquisition or control for sensors, devices & instruments (USB, GPIB or Serial port)
- Plotting, calculating, converting data.