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SBIR Phase I: Segmented Proton Exchange Membranes with Edge Seals for Compact…

Award Information

Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
57878
Program Year/Program:
2002 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
0128583
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Giner Electrochemical Systems, LLC
89 Rumford Avenue Newton, MA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2002
Title: SBIR Phase I: Segmented Proton Exchange Membranes with Edge Seals for Compact Fuel Cell Electrode Structures
Agency: NSF
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $99,996.00
 

Abstract:

This Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Phase I project will demonstrate a design approach for a high energy density hydrogen/air Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cell. The proposed research will demonstrate a means of creating sections of membrane, integral with the parent material, which are thermoplastic in nature and which are impermeable to hydrogen, oxygen and water for sealing edges. The same membrane modification will be used to create narrow, inerted sections of membrane to serve as borders of inactive membrane between segmented, series-connected, coplanar fuel cells. The material innovations will be demonstrated in actual 50 cm 2 PEM fuel cells, both single and segmented. Ionic conductivity and water and gas permeability will be determined to show the extent of inactivation in treated regions. Tensile strength tests will be conducted to demonstrate the integrity of the structures and the strength of thermally bonded edge seals. PEM segmented or coplanar have potential fuel cells applications where exceptionally long total service lives (>30,000 Hrs) of operating times are required. Long service life is required for residential applications, battery replacement and standby power supplies for critical computer and control facilities.

Principal Investigator:

Robert McDonald
7815290530
rmcdonald@ginerinc.com

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

GINER ELECTROCHEMICAL SYSTEMS, LLC
89 Rumford Avenue Newton, MA 02466

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