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Solid Oxide Fuel Cell/Turbine Hybrid Power System for Advanced Aero-propulsion…

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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Program Year/Program:
2004 / STTR
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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: 2004
Title: Solid Oxide Fuel Cell/Turbine Hybrid Power System for Advanced Aero-propulsion and Power
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNC04CA94C
Award Amount: $99,999.00


Solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC)/ gas turbine hybrid power systems (HPSs) have been recognized by federal agencies and other entities as having the potential to operate at unprecedented levels of performance for terrestrial applications (e.g., 70% power generation efficiencies with significantly mitigated criteria pollutant and noise emissions). An innovative approach is proposed for leveraging competencies in high temperature fuel cell stack and system simulation/validation and manufacturing, in conjunction with robust aeronautical sub-system/system design capabilities, to optimize these promising systems for novel aerospace propulsion and power applications. NASA GRC?s ?Protect the Environment? and ?Explore New Aerospace Missions? initiatives are addressed via the proposed technical contributions to both alternative non-combustion and alternative fuels/combustion aeronautical power generation. SOFCs, the non-combustion alternative, serve as a promising fuel infrastructural bridge; because the technology engenders practical efficiencies between 45-60%, and it is amenable to a variety of fuel feeds (including hydrocarbons and hydrogen). The inclusion of the SOFCs into modified Brayton cycles also enhances combustion-based power/propulsion via its byproduct enhancement of the fuel quality and heating value upstream of the combustor. A rigorous conceptual design/validation study is proposed for Phase I, corresponding proof-of-concept enabling hardware development for Phase II, and NASA/non-NASA commercialization efforts for Phase III.

Principal Investigator:

Pinakin Patel
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Ross Levine
Dir. Contracts & Cont. Counsel
Small Business Information at Submission:

FuelCell Energy Inc.
3 Great Pasture Rd. Danbury, CT 06813

EIN/Tax ID: 060853042
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Georgia Tech Research Corporation
505 Tenth Steet, N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30332
Contact: Hendrickx Toussaint
Contact Phone: (770) 528-7826
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university