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Innovative Carbonate Fuel Cell Design to Reduce Carbonate Vaporization Loss

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
34614
Program Year/Program:
1996 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
34614
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Fuelcell Energy, Inc.
3 Great Pasture Rd. Danbury, CT 06813-1305
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1996
Title: Innovative Carbonate Fuel Cell Design to Reduce Carbonate Vaporization Loss
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG02-96ER82166
Award Amount: $75,000.00
 

Abstract:

40559 November 12, 1996 Energy Research Corporation Fuel cell carbonate inventory is an important factor that controls the useful life of the first generation product. Loss of electrolyte through evaporation appears to impact the useful life of the carbonate fuel cell. Fuel cell life may be extended by about additional five years if the electrolyte vaporization loss is fully suppressed. The goal of the proposed research is to significantly reduce electrolyte vaporization loss (¿ 50%) by internally recovering the electrolyte vapor out of the gas streams and returning it back into the cells active components. The feasibility of electrolyte recovery from vapor and returning it to the cell will be evaluated in Phase I by out-of-cell and single cell tests. The design will be optimized and evaluated in the full area stacks in Phase II. Full-size stack demonstration and commercial implementation is also expected to occur in Phase II. Anticipated Results/Potential Commercial Applications as described by the awardee: Successful completion of this project should extend the useful operating life of the carbonate fuel cell significantly beyond the current commercial entry life of five years. Success of the proposed research will lead to rapid commercialization of carbonate fuel cell technology.

Principal Investigator:

Mr. Richard Johnsen
Supervisor
2038256097

Business Contact:

Dr. Bernard S. BAker
President
2038256001
Small Business Information at Submission:

Energy Research Corp.
3 Great Pasture Road Danbury, CT 06810

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