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Magnetically-Enhanced PEM Fuel Cells for Carbon Monoxide Containing Reformates

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
63204
Program Year/Program:
2003 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
A2-0799
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 2
Fiscal Year: 2003
Title: Magnetically-Enhanced PEM Fuel Cells for Carbon Monoxide Containing Reformates
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: DAAD1902C0093
Award Amount: $499,991.00
 

Abstract:

The proton-exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) has the potential to be used as a portable power source for the military. The fuel cell would derive its fuel from a reformed liquid such as diesel, methanol or gasoline that, in addition to hydrogen, wouldproduce species such as CO that could poison the fuel cell anode catalyst. To overcome the poisoning problem, the team consisting of GINER ELECTROCHEMICAL SYSTEMS, LLC (GES) and the University of Iowa demonstrated in a Phase I STTR that magneticallymodified anode catalysts will tolerate the presence of the CO. In this Phase II program the University of Iowa and GES will continue to jointly develop the magnetically modified anode catalyst and related electrode structure. Modeling efforts will beconducted to identify the mechanism for increased CO tolerance. The goal is to minimize the voltage loss, compared to operation on H2/CO2, when operating with CO. Magnetically modified catalysts will be prepared, fabricated into complete membrane-electrodeassemblies and evaluated for tolerance to CO in a PEM hydrogen (reformate)/hydrogen test cell and a complete PEMFC. The program will culminate in a 1,000 hour life test of a 50W stack containing the magnetically modified catalyst. The magnetically modifiedanode catalyst can be used in dispersed power cogeneration facilities fueled by reformed natural gas. This would result in a much simpler and less costly system due to elimination of some of the gas cleanup apparatus. Military applications include mobileelectric power generators and, in conjunction with microreformers, portable power applications.

Principal Investigator:

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

Business Contact:

Anthony J. Vaccaro
President
7815290504
avaccaro@ginerinc.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Giner Electrochemical Systems, LLC
89 Rumford Avenue Newton, MA 02466

EIN/Tax ID: 043515357
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
UNIV. OF IOWA
Division of Sponsored Research, 201 Gilmore Hall
Iowa City, IA 52242
Contact: William F. Decker
Contact Phone: (319) 335-2123
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university