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Manufacturing Improvements for Water Electrolyzers

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
81169
Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
80131S06-I
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: 2006
Title: Manufacturing Improvements for Water Electrolyzers
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG02-06ER84537
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

Current electrolyzer systems, needed to produce hydrogen for the hydrogen economy, are too expensive to meet DOE target hydrogen production costs. Because current electrolyzer systems are not mass produced, significant savings could accrue from a disciplined design-for-manufacturing (DFM) approach and the application of modern manufacturing methods. This project will apply a number of cost-saving DFM solutions to the highest cost items within proton-exchange-membrane (PEM) electrolyzer systems. Phase I will develop and demonstrate low-temperature weld techniques for the PEM cell frame, thereby reducing its costs by 90%. The low-cost frame will be demonstrated in a working electrolyzer cell. The joining technology will be extended by integrating some seals with the fluid manifold of a thin-film PEM, thereby eliminating two sealing faces. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: There is currently a 20 to 30 million dollar/year market for moderate- to large-scale electrolysis systems. Also, the design and manufacturing process improvements should be transferable to smaller-scale systems currently being manufactured and to speciality equipment that is custom engineered for the US Navy, Missile Defence Agency, and NASA.

Principal Investigator:

Timothy Norman
Mr.
7815290556
tnorman@ginerinc.com

Business Contact:

Anthony J. Vaccaro
Dr.
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