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DIRECT OXIDATION OF HYDROCARBONS WITH A BIPOLAR METAL HYDRIDE FUEL CELL

Award Information

Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
10731
Program Year/Program:
1989 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
10731
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Electron Transfer Tech
155 Campus Plaza Edison, NJ 08818
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1989
Title: DIRECT OXIDATION OF HYDROCARBONS WITH A BIPOLAR METAL HYDRIDE FUEL CELL
Agency: NSF
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $50,000.00
 

Abstract:

A NOVEL METHOD FOR THE DIRECT OXIDATION OF HYDROCARBON FUELS FOR THE PRODUCTION OF ELECTRICAL POWER IN A FUEL CELL IS PRESENTED. THE METHOD DISSOCIATES AND DEHYDROGENATES HYDROCARBON FUELS, SUCH AS METHANOL AND FORMIC ACID. THE SYSTEM USES AN ELECTROSTATIC FIELD ON THE DEHYDROGENATION SIDE TO CONTROL HYDROCARBON ADSORPTION AND THE CHEMICAL DEHYDROGENATION RATE OF METHANOL OR FORMIC ACIDTO ATOMIC HYDROGEN AND CARBON DIOXIDE. THIS APPROACH TO DIRECT HYDROCARBON OXIDATION HAS THE ADVANTAGE OF GREAT SIMPLICITY SINCE THERE IS NO NEED FOR A HIGH TEMPERATURE CATALYTIC REFORMER AND REFORMER GAS PURIFICATION EQUIPMENT, PRESENTLY REQUIRED FOR INDIRECT HYDROCARBON OXIDATION FUEL CELLS. FURTHERMORE, THE SYSTEM ONLY TRANSPORTS ATOMIC HYDROGEN. HENCE IT IS NOT POSSIBLE FOR CARBON OXIDES OR OTHER IMPURITIES TO BUILD-UP OR PRECIPITATE IN THE FUEL CELL SIDE ELECTROLYTE. IF THIS APPROACH IS SUCCESSFUL, IT COULD HAVE A SUBSTANTIAL IMPACT ON FUEL CELL POWERED AUTOMOBILES AND OTHER PORTABLE POWER APPLICATIONS.

Principal Investigator:

William M Ayers
Principal Investigator
6099210070

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Electron Transfer Technologies
Po Box 160 Princeton, NJ 08542

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DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No