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Novel Conductive Water Removal Membrane (CWRM) for PEM Passive Fuel Cell…

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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2010 / SBIR
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ElectroChem, Inc.
400 W CUMMINGS PARK STE 5600 WOBURN, MA 01801-1651
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Novel Conductive Water Removal Membrane (CWRM) for PEM Passive Fuel Cell Operation
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX10CD38P
Award Amount: $100,000.00


Too much water, resulting in flooding, or too little water, resulting in electrolyte dryout, have both had negative impact upon fuel cell performance. ElectroChem proposes an SBIR research project to develop a Conductive Water Removal Membrane (CWRM) for PEM fuel cells operating at higher current densities in a passive mode. The membrane will 1) be wettable; 2) allow water to penetrate easily; 3) not permit gas to leak through; 4) be electrically conductive. ElectroChem proposes two approaches for fabrication. (1) integrate a highly electrically conductive material with a polymer membrane which provides the desired water permeation and gas retardation properties and (2) a CWRM membrane will be made with nanostructure materials. At the end of Phase I we expect to document the analytical / experimental results validating the key parameters of CWRM. At the end of Phase II we expect to document the test performance of CWRM in a PEM fuel cell in agreement with the analytic predictions of Phase I. Success of the proposal to develop a Conductive Water Removal Membrane (CWRM) will enable PEM fuel cells to operate at very high current densities passively.

Principal Investigator:

Michael Pien
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Radha Jalan
Business Official
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ElectroChem, Inc.
400 West Cummings Park Woburn, MA 01801

EIN/Tax ID: 042951012
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No