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Electrically Conductive, Hydrophilic Porous Membrane for Fuel Cell Applications

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2011 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
104296
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
X8.01
Solicitation Number:
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: 2011
Title: Electrically Conductive, Hydrophilic Porous Membrane for Fuel Cell Applications
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX11CF78P
Award Amount: $99,932.00
 

Abstract:

This Phase I effort seeks to produce a conductive polyethersulfone (PES) microporous membrane for fuel cell water management applications. This membrane will facilitate gas/liquid separations in regenerative fuel cells (RFC). The preferred novel approach will impart electrical conductivity to the PES itself; previous attempts at similar membrane development have only focused on applying a conductive layer to the surface of the PES membrane.This type of porous, conductive membrane would lead to improved water management for fuel cell and electrolyzer systems, and could significantly improve the performance of NASA's RFC. Such an improvement in performance could facilitate the design of smaller, lighter weight RFC systems for renewable energy storage for space applications. This project will result in the novel development of a conductive microporous membrane for NASA fuel cells and electrolyzers, and will also provide better understanding of the preparation and design of conductive membranes for other applications.

Principal Investigator:

John A. Staser
Principal Investigator
7815290587
jstaser@ginerinc.com

Business Contact:

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

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

EIN/Tax ID: 043515357
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No