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Electrochemical Generation of Hydrogen from Methanol

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2011 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
A11A-012-0077
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
A11a-T012
Solicitation Number:
2011.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: 2011
Title: Electrochemical Generation of Hydrogen from Methanol
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W911NF-11-C-0234
Award Amount: $99,738.00
 

Abstract:

The US Army has identified limitations of the DMFC (poor efficiency) and RMFC (complex system, high temperature process) approaches, and is soliciting innovation that will enable high efficiency hydrogen generation from methanol in a simple approach that has minimal thermal signature. It is the objective of this project to address these needs through the development of a novel hybrid electrochemical power generation device utilizing a direct methanol electrolyzer (DME) and a hydrogen/air fuel cell (FC). Giner Electrochemical Systems, LLC (GES) and NASA"s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) have teamed repeatedly since the early 1990"s to advance the state-of-the-art DMFC technology, and will collaborate in this STTR Phase I program to adapt our technology to the DME. Advanced electrocatalysts and electrolyte materials will be developed to optimize the efficiency of the methanol-to-hydrogen conversion, and a unitized cell construction will be developed. A high-pressure DME cathode will provide hydrogen with low levels of MeOH and carbon dioxide. GES"experience in integrated electrochemical systems and recent work by JPL will be leveraged to conceptualize a complete system design for a 25W DME-FC hybrid. This system concept would be realized in Phase II, resulting in the delivery of two 25W systems to the Army.

Principal Investigator:

Simon G. Stone
Program Manager
(781) 529-0525
sstone@ginerinc.com

Business Contact:

Anthony J. Vaccaro
President/COO
(781) 529-0504
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
Research Institution Information:
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
4800 Oak Grove Drive
Mail Stop 180-904
Pasadena, CA 91109-
Contact: Indrani C. Graczyk
Contact Phone: (818) 354-4321