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Micropump Fuel Mix Control for Novel Miniature Direct Methanol Fuel Cells

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
68480
Program Year/Program:
2004 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
033381
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
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: Micropump Fuel Mix Control for Novel Miniature Direct Methanol Fuel Cells
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNC04CA47C
Award Amount: $69,961.00
 

Abstract:

The Energies and Power Densities of Direct Methanol Fuel Cells (DMFCs) are limited by the size and weight associated with the liquid pump, which must circulate the methanol/water fuel mixture so that 1) methanol and water can be added as needed, 2) heat can be removed, and 3) CO2 can be removed. Automating these needs with appropriate control is difficult, especially under zero-gravity conditions. New design strategies are necessary with reduced overhead, if miniature DMFCs are to become a reality for Robotic terrestrial and Earth observation missions. The proposed work will demonstrate a DMFC with a means for continuous adjustment of water and methanol content in the anode fuel mixture of an air-breathing DMFC using piezoelectric micropumps. The micropumps are expected to be tolerant to zero-gravity and potentially will work more efficiently in the absence of gravity and thus provide an added benefit for DMFCs used in space.

Principal Investigator:

Robert C. McDonald
Principal Investigator
7815290530
rmcdonald@ginerinc.com

Business Contact:

Anthony B. LaConti
CEO/Vice Chairman
7815290501
alaconti@ginerinc.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Giner Inc.
89 Rumford Avenue Newton, MA 02466

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