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Advanced Unitized Regenerative Fuel Cell System for High-Altitude Airships

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Missile Defense Agency
Award ID:
64409
Program Year/Program:
2003 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
031-0279
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: 2003
Title: Advanced Unitized Regenerative Fuel Cell System for High-Altitude Airships
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: HQ00603C0086
Award Amount: $70,000.00
 

Abstract:

Next-Generation High-Altitude Airships are becoming increasingly attractive for a variety of defense and non-defense oriented missions. The next generation of airships is envisioned to fly for a year or longer at a time, at altitudes of 70,000 feet, andable to carry gimbal-supported payloads of 1,000 to 4,000 pounds. These vehicles would be self-sufficient with on-board solar panels and regenerative fuel cell systems to provide power for high altitude station keeping, as well as for payload power.However advancements in regenerative fuel cell technology are required to meet the weight and performance requirements of high altitude airships.A lightweight unitized regenerative fuel cell system that combines the fuel cell and electrolysis functions in one electrochemical stack is proposed for this application. The program will address advancements in URFC systems, including improved electrodeand electrode support structures, a stack design for high-pressure electrolyzer operation, and novel systems concepts to reduce system weight and complexity. This program will result in a lightweight, less complex regenerative fuel cell system suitable for military and commercial applications for backup power, power supplies for remote locations, solar-powered airplanes and airships and unmanned underwatervehicles.

Principal Investigator:

Cecelia Cropley
Director, Materials/Syste
7815290506
ccropley@ginerinc.com

Business Contact:

Anthony J. Vaccaro
President/Chief Operation
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