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Novel, Low-Cost Solid Membrane Water Electrolyzer

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Department of Energy
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2004 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Giner, Inc.
89 Rumford Avenue Newton, MA 02466-1311
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: Novel, Low-Cost Solid Membrane Water Electrolyzer
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG02-04ER83968
Award Amount: $99,983.00


75057-Transforming the United States from a fossil-fuel base economy to a ┬┐hydrogen economy┬┐ will require cost-effective methods for manufacturing and delivering hydrogen. The electrochemical dissociation of water into elemental hydrogen and oxygen is a well known and widely practiced means of generating hydrogen. However, commercially available water electrolysis technologies are capital-cost intensive, leading to high hydrogen costs. This project will develop a Solid Membrane Alkaline Electrolyzer system, based on a unique solid alkaline membrane, which is expected to provide high-current-density, high-differential-pressure electrolyzer operation. Phase I will develop the solid alkaline membrane, identify cell operating conditions, fabricate a three-cell stack, and prepare a preliminary design for the system. Phase II will demonstrate a complete system powered by a renewable energy source. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: The hydrogen generation system should find use in hydrogen-fueled vehicles (both fuel cell and internal combustion-hydrogen), as part of a home-based hydrogen generator, in a bulk hydrogen generator for electric utility applications, and in on-board transportation power applications. Small hydrogen generators also could replace cylinders for the supply of hydrogen gas for analytical instrumentation.

Principal Investigator:

John A. Kosek

Business Contact:

Anthony B. LaConti
Small Business Information at Submission:

Giner, Inc.
89 Rumford Avenue Newton, MA 02466

EIN/Tax ID: 042529800
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No