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Integrated Microchannel Reformer/Hydrogen Purifier for Fuel Cell Power Systems

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
76782
Program Year/Program:
2005 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
041442
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Makel Engineering, Inc.
1585 Marauder Street Chico, CA 95973-9064
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: Integrated Microchannel Reformer/Hydrogen Purifier for Fuel Cell Power Systems
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNJ05JB88C
Award Amount: $69,949.00
 

Abstract:

Makel Engineering, Inc. (MEI) and Colorado School of Mines (CSM) propose to develop an integrated hydrogen generator and purifier system for conversion of in-situ produced hydrocarbons to fuel-cell-grade hydrogen. NASA is currently developing several In Situ Resources Utilization (ISRU) Systems. One technology commonly found in most ISRU scenarios is the use of the Sabatier reaction and water electrolysis to produce methane and oxygen. Due to the various penalties of storing gaseous hydrogen on-board the rover, it is advantageous to carry methane instead of hydrogen and to have an on-board reformer to produce hydrogen on-demand for the fuel cell. Proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells hydrogen with very low carbon monoxide content (typically less than 10 ppm). The proposed system will combine microchannel microreformer technology for hydrogen production with palladium membranes technology for hydrogen purification and separation in an integrated hydrogen production system, resulting in optimized size and energy efficiency. This proposal will seek to establish the feasibility of using compact microchannel/membrane reactor systems to provide purified hydrogen for fuel cell power systems for applications such as robotic and crew transportation rovers.

Principal Investigator:

Darby B. Makel
5308952771
dmakel@makelengineering.com

Business Contact:

Michael Antongiovanni
Business Official
5308795957
mantongiovanni@makelengineering.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Makel Engineering, Inc.
1585 Marauder Street Chico, CA 95973

EIN/Tax ID: 680374879
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No