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Hydrogen-Based Energy Conservation System

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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2013 / STTR
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Small Business Information
Sustainable Innovations, LLC
160 Oak Street Glastonbury, CT 06033-2336
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2013
Title: Hydrogen-Based Energy Conservation System
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX13CS13C
Award Amount: $699,999.00


Sustainable Innovations is developing a technology for efficient separation and compression of hydrogen gas. The electrochemical hydrogen separator and compressor can actively remove hydrogen from a mixture and compress it to high pressure for storage or use. In applications where helium is used as a purge gas prior to the use of liquid hydrogen or use of cold hydrogen from cryogenic storage boil-off, the compressor system is suitable for separation of the hydrogen from the helium in the resulting mixed stream. This technology allows a significant portion of either gas to be recycled and conserved. In applications requiring recycling of helium where abundant hydrogen is present, it is practical to utilize the energy content of a portion of the hydrogen to power the electrochemical separation of hydrogen from the helium. This novel application leverages hydrogen that was destined for flaring and oxidizes it electrochemically to power separation of hydrogen from helium, thus allowing recovery of the helium and delivering net power.

Principal Investigator:

Joshua Preston
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Trent Molter
Business Official
Small Business Information at Submission:

Sustainable Innovations, LLC
160 Oak Street Glastonbury, CT 06033-2336

EIN/Tax ID: 041645622
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
The University of Connecticut
438 Whitney Road Ext. Unit 1133
Storrs, CT 06033-06033
Contact: Antje Harnisch