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Photo-Enhanced Hydrogen Transport Technology for Clean Renewable…

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2011 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
100130
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
T8.03
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
Phenom Technologies, Inc
5300 Palmer Lane, Suite 2A Williamsburg, VA 23188-2794
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Photo-Enhanced Hydrogen Transport Technology for Clean Renewable Electrochemical Energy Systems
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX11CI32P
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

Solid oxide fuel cells and electrolyzers are promising electrochemical devices for space and terrestrial applications due to their high power densities and clean operation. Furthermore, proton-conducting oxides have the potential to allow lower operational temperatures and promote more reliable and longer-lived devicesÂ?both valuable attributes for space applicationsÂ?however, practical devices are not yet realized because of insufficient proton mobility at moderate temperatures. Phenom Technologies, Inc. has identified a new non-thermal technique to dramatically enhance the mobility of protons in solid oxides using resonant infrared irradiation to excite molecular O-H vibrations in the material. In our earlier work, we have shown that this photo-enhanced hydrogen transport effect can increase the proton diffusion rate in solid oxides by nine orders of magnitude. In this Phase I STTR proposal, we will build on our established research to complete a proof of concept study and lay the foundation for Phase II prototype development of a "photo-enhanced" solid oxide electrolyte for fuel cells and electrolyzers. This study will address NASA's need for more reliable and efficient solid oxide electrochemical components for clean renewable energy systems.

Principal Investigator:

Gunter Luepke
Principal Investigator
7572211894
luepke@wm.edu

Business Contact:

Erik J. Spahr
President
7577844647
erik.spahr@phenom-tech.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Phenom Technologies, Inc
5300 Palmer Lane, Suite 2A Williamsburg, VA 23188-2794

EIN/Tax ID: 272469896
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
College of William and Mary
Grants&Research Admin.
Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795
Contact: Cynthia Corbett