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High Surface Area Iridium Anodes and Melt Containers for Molten Oxide…

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
90773
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
084244
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
X3
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Plasma Processes, LLC
4914 Moores Mill Road Huntsville, AL -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: High Surface Area Iridium Anodes and Melt Containers for Molten Oxide Electrolysis
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX10CB20C
Award Amount: $600,000.00
 

Abstract:

Direct electrochemical reduction of molten regolith is the most attractive method of oxygen production on the lunar surface, because no additional chemical reagents are needed. The process is proven on a laboratory scale, but the cathode-anode system and melt containers need to be improved for practical applications. The electrochemical processing of molten oxides requires high surface area inert anodes. Such electrodes need to be structurally robust at elevated temperatures (1400-1600oC), resistant to thermal shock, have good electrical conductivity, resistant to attack by molten oxide (silicate), electrochemically stable, and support high current density. Iridium is a proven material for this application. Innovative concepts for large scale, high surface area iridium anodes and long life, self-heating containers for the melts are proposed. The result of this program will be the development, manufacture, and test of high surface area iridium anodes and melt containers for molten oxide electrolysis to produce oxygen.

Principal Investigator:

Angela Hattaway
Principal Investigator
2562567653
ahattaway@plasmapros.com

Business Contact:

Timothy N. McKechnie
President
2568517653
timmck@plasmapros.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Plasma Processes, LLC.
4914 Moores Mill Road Huntsville, AL 35811

EIN/Tax ID: 631100320
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No