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A Solid Anion Membrane for Direct Methanol Fuel Cell Use

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
81428
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
A072-058-0044
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: 2007
Title: A Solid Anion Membrane for Direct Methanol Fuel Cell Use
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W911QX-08-C-0023
Award Amount: $69,992.00
 

Abstract:

The Direct Methanol Fuel Cell is a potentially attractive power source for battery replacement applications. Thus, it could be used as a portable power source for soldier applications. One drawback to Direct Methanol Fuel Cells based on a Proton Exchange Membrane is methanol crossover, a parasitic loss of fuel. There are two main sources of crossover: (1) diffusion of methanol through the presently used membrane electrolyte and (2) proton drag, which carries both water and methanol from the anode to the cathode. To minimize crossover, Giner, Inc. proposes development of an advanced anion exchange membrane. The membrane will be designed to be stable in the hydroxide ion form, and will not contain any beta-hydrogens. Specific program objectives include (1) fabrication of the advanced anion membranes, (2) modification of the membrane surface for more efficient catalyst bonding, and (3) to characterize the anion membrane. In an anion membrane, because ions move from the cathode to the anode, we expect there will be a reduced amount of methanol on the cathode.

Principal Investigator:

John A. Kosek
PI/Director, Energy Conversion
7815290505
jkosek@ginerinc.com

Business Contact:

Anthony B. LaConti
Chief Executive Officer
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