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Compact Water Recovery System Utilizing Permselective Membranes

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
73010
Program Year/Program:
2005 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F051-142-3121
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Aspen Systems, Inc.
184 Cedar Hill Street Marlborough, MA 01752-3017
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: Compact Water Recovery System Utilizing Permselective Membranes
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA8650-05-M-5819
Award Amount: $99,980.00
 

Abstract:

Aspen Systems proposes to develop a highly efficient and compact water recovery system from the fuel cell exhaust stream by utilizing an innovative water permselective membrane technology. In the proposed water recovery technology, water vapor will be absorbed and transported through a superabsorbing membrane layer. From the superabsorbing membrane, water will be collected via a pervaporation or facilitated transport mechanism by using reduced pressure or air sweeping, respectively. In the proposed concept, the water recovery system and process are completely separate from the fuel cell exhaust stream by the membrane, and therefore, the process can be optimized independently and integration into the existing fuel cell system will be relatively simple. In Phase I, we will experimentally demonstrate the proposed concept of high efficiency water recovery system performance by developing nanocomposite-based water superabsorbing membranes. Based on these experimental results, we will also complete the conceptual engineering design of the prototype water recovery system, including design and performance specifications. In Phase II, we will fabricate and test the prototype permselective membrane-based water recovery system which can be easily integrated into the existing fuel cell power generation system, operating on logistic fuel reformates.

Principal Investigator:

Jae Ryu
CTO
5084815058
jryu@aspensystems.com

Business Contact:

Kang P. Lee
CEO
5084815058
klee@aspensystems.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

ASPEN SYSTEMS, INC.
184 Cedar Hill Street Marlborough, MA 01752

EIN/Tax ID: 042839563
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No