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INTRODUCING LIQUID OXYGEN-CARRIERS DIRECTLY INTO FUEL CELLS

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Award ID:
8329
Program Year/Program:
1988 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
8329
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Aquanautics Corp
980 Atlantic Ave Suite 101 Alameda, CA 94501
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1988
Title: INTRODUCING LIQUID OXYGEN-CARRIERS DIRECTLY INTO FUEL CELLS
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $50,000.00
 

Abstract:

DARPA'S CURRENT ARTIFICIAL GILL PROGRAM USES SPECIALLY DESIGNED OXYGEN-BINDING MOLECULES WHICH ARE ELECTROCHEMICALLY MODULATED TO RELEASE THE OXYGEN AS A GAS TO FEED A FUEL CELL FOR MARINE POWER. IT MAY BE POSSIBLE FOR A FUEL CELL CATHODE TO RELEASE AND CONSUME THE OXYGEN FROM THE LIQUID CARRIER MOLECULE WITHOUT THE INTERMEDIATE ELECTROCHEMICAL STEP. INTRODUCING THE LIQUID OXYGEN-CARRIER DIRECTLY INTO THE FUEL CELL WOULD ELIMINATE THE SEPARATE ELECTROCHEMICAL UNLOADING CELL, THEREBY REDUCING THE TOTAL VOLUME OF THE GILL AND POTENTIALLY DECREASING THE ENERGY REQUIRED FOR EXTRACTION. IT WOULD ALSO CREATE A MUCH SIMPLER FUEL CELL DESIGN BY REMOVING THE GAS/LIQUID INTERFACE THAT CAUSES SO MANY PROBLEMS IN CURRENTLY DESIGNED FUEL CELLS. FOR PHASE I, AQUANAUTICS WILL PERFORM PROOF OF PRINCIPLE EXPERIMENTS AND DEVELOP THE DESIGN OF SUCH A FUEL CELL. THIS COULD LEAD TO A PHASE II BENCH PROTOTYPE AND A PHASE III DEMONSTRATION THAT WOULD INTEGRATE WITH THE EXISTING DARPA PROGRAM. AQUANAUTICS HAS SIGNIFICANT EXPERIENCE IN OXYGEN CARRIER CHEMISTRY, ELECTROCHEMISTRY, AIR CATHODES AND FUEL CELLS AS PART OF ITS CURRENT DARPA CONTRACT. THE COMPANY HAS SBIR EXPERIENCE AND THE PEOPLE AND FACILITIES TO CONDUCT THE PROPOSED SCOPE OF WORK.

Principal Investigator:

Dr john kerr
4156528553

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Aquanautics Corp
4560 Horton St Emeryville, CA 94608

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