USA flag logo/image

An Official Website of the United States Government

Development of a Robust, Highly Efficient Oxygen-Carbon Monoxide Cogeneration…

Award Information

National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2011 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
Materials and Systems Research, Inc.
UT Salt Lake City, UT 84104-4403
View profile »
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Development of a Robust, Highly Efficient Oxygen-Carbon Monoxide Cogeneration System
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX11CE35P
Award Amount: $99,975.00


This small business innovation research is intended to develop a long-life, highly efficient O2-CO cogeneration system to support NASA's endeavors to pursue extraterrestrial exploration (Moon, Mars, and Asteroids/Phobos). The cogeneration system will be built using a Tubular, Negative Electrode-supported Solid-Oxide Electrolysis Cell (Tune-SOEC) employing MSRI's most promising degradation-resistant ceramic materials and a unique cell design. The system will be capable of co-generating breathable oxygen and CO fuel directly from carbon dioxide extracted from the Martian atmosphere, lunar regolith/soil, or from the cabin air of extraterrestrial human missions at 750~850ºC. In Phase I, CO2 electrolysis degradation mechanisms will be investigated via nonequilibrium thermodynamic analyses and tests of Tune-SOECs with special embedded reference electrodes. Unique solutions for long-term, high performance CO2 electrolysis will be developed and implemented. In Phase II, a prototype O2-CO cogeneration system using the Tune-SOEC technology will be developed. A proof-of-concept system will be demonstrated, cogenerating O2-CO directly from a CO2 source at temperatures ranging from 750ºC to 850ºC; showing the capability of using ISRU to generate 1 kg oxygen per day (enough to support 1 human).

Principal Investigator:

Greg Tao
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Anthony Decheek
Business Official
Small Business Information at Submission:

Materials and Systems Research, Inc.
5395 West 700 South Salt Lake City, UT -

EIN/Tax ID: 870479591
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No