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Lightweight hardware design for regenerative fuel cells

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Missile Defense Agency
Award ID:
64410
Program Year/Program:
2003 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
031-0544
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Proton Energy Systems
10 Technology Drive Wallingford, CT -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2003
Title: Lightweight hardware design for regenerative fuel cells
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: HQ00603C0142
Award Amount: $69,865.00
 

Abstract:

Proton Energy Systems, Inc., a leader in development of regenerative fuel cells proposes to develop new stack hardware that would significantly reduce the fuel cell stack weight. Particularly, Proton proposes to develop a novel corrugated metal bi-polarplate integrated with flexible gas diffusion layer into a single piece repeat unit that would be up to 30% lighter than current graphite based plates. Further, Proton proposes to reduce the weight of the end-plates by applying innovative center-springconcept. The concepts will be proven in a test cell. There is a need for regenerative fuel cells in many aerospace applications, and a lightweight stack design could significantly improve the system specific energy, which is usually critical for such applications. Proton Energy Systems is also working oncommercial applications of the regenerative fuel cells as backup power in telecommunications, where light weight may give a competitive advantage over the incumbent technology.

Principal Investigator:

Frano Barbir
Director of Research
2036782112
fbarbir@protonenergy.com

Business Contact:

Trent Molter
Senior Vice President
2036782185
trent.molter@protonenergy.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

PROTON ENERGY SYSTEMS, INC.
10 Technology Drive Wallingford, CT 06492

EIN/Tax ID: 061461988
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No