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Water Management Membrane for Fuel Cells and Electrolyzers

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
95400
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
094126
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
X7
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Giner Electrochemical Systems, LLC
89 Rumford Avenue Newton, MA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Water Management Membrane for Fuel Cells and Electrolyzers
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX10CD40P
Award Amount: $99,974.00
 

Abstract:

Development of an improved water management membrane for a static vapor feed electrolyzer that produces sub-saturated H2 and O2 is proposed. This improved membrane can increase the performance and especially the durability of static vapor feed electrolyzers. Static vapor feed electrolyzers greatly simplify electrolyzer systems as they eliminate the need for water/gas phase separation, which is particularly challenging in a zero gravity environment. Maintaining water in the vapor phase greatly reduces membrane swelling which should increase durability. Finally, by keeping water in the vapor phase the MEA is not exposed to ion and other contaminants that are carried by a liquid water stream, further increasing durability and simplifying the system by reducing the need for ultra-pure water. The primary goal of this Phase I program then is to demonstrate the enhanced performance and durability of a static vapor feed electrolyzer utilizing an improved water management membrane.

Principal Investigator:

Cortney K. Mittelsteadt, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator
7815290529
cmittelsteadt@ginerinc.com

Business Contact:

Anthony J. Vaccaro
President/COO
7815290504
avaccaro@ginerinc.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Giner Electrochemical Systems, LLC
89 Rumford Avenue Newton, MA 02466

EIN/Tax ID: 043515357
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No