Dead-Ended Passive Electrolyzer with Elimination of Vapor/Liquid Separation for Life Support Oxygen
Giner Electrochemical Systems, GES, has developed an advanced static vapor feed electrolyzer that has greatly simplified operation compared to traditional electrolyzers. The vapor feed results in sub-saturated product gases which eliminates the need for gas/liquid separation and for the ISS allows direct egress of the product oxygen into the cabin.The objective of the Phase 1 proposal would be to build a 15 cell static vapor feed electrolyzer stack capable of providing enough oxygen for 1 astronaut (1.8 lbs/day). Subsequently the stack will be operated with frequent start/stop interruption for 1000 h. In a follow on Phase II study a second stack will be delivered to Hamilton Sundstrand for testing at their facility and for preparation into a flight article. The Phase I objective would be completed by the following tasks:1. Endurance testing of a 5 cell stack to 1000 hours.2. Prepare a test stand for evaluation of a full 15 cell stack.3. Build and evaluate a full 15 cell stack (Capable of generating 1.8 lb O2/day, enough for one astronaut)4. Test the 15 cell stack for 1000 hours.
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