Abstract:This work will continue the use of numerical methods to determine optimal design parameters for a compact hybrid fuel cell power system driven by a statistically determined load profile. Detailed physics-based models will be used to represent the bahavior of… more
Abstract:Leveraging fielded experience with award winning fuel cell products, Jadoo proposes a fuel flexible approach operating on a common fuel cell platform. Jadoo will develop a life cycle model supported by empirical data obtained from our fielded products,… more
Abstract:The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will develop a polymer alloy material and sealing process using high-speed near-infrared radiation welding, to form a waterproof bond in the assembly of proton exchange membrane and direct methanol fuel … more
Abstract:Significant progress has been made in recent years in portable fuel cell systems to increase energy and power densities. However, the majority of the focus has been in fuel cell development or hydrogen storage with little consideration towards the system… more
Abstract:Power demands of objective force warriors are rapidly growing, increasing the need for small, light, energy-dense power supplies. The burden of batteries an individual soldier transports must be reduced. High energy density fuel cell systems offer a… more
Abstract:Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) auxiliary power units (APUs) in the 1¿5 kWe range represent a significant market entry point for fuel cells, and have the capability of reducing fuel consumption of idling trucks by nearly half a billion gallons of diesel per… more
Abstract:…itary personnel. For accurate response the UAV must provide still and video images and location while being portable and simple to operate. This calls for a properly equipped UAV with a power supply that exhibits high mass and volumetric energy densities. A fuel … more
Abstract:Solar production of hydrogen from water, photoelectrolysis, offers a renewable route to clean, high quality hydrogen for portable field devices, ground support vehicles, and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). Photoelectrochemical production of hydrogen can eliminate a logistics stream needed to… more
Abstract:…e of operation for some MAVs and ground mobile robotic platforms resulting in a strong desire for longer lasting power sources. Lithium-based rechargeable and primary battery chemistries are at the limits of performance with only slight gains seen in the foreseeable future. Fuel… more
Abstract:For fuel cell technology to become viable, electrocatalysts must efficiently utilize precious metals, in order to achieve low precious metal loadings. In addition, the catalysts must have a long operating life to keep replacement costs down. Current… more
Abstract:Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) offer high efficiency, quiet operation, reduced emissions, internal fuel reformation, and fuel flexibility, however current SOFCs are restricted to predominately stationary applications based on their high operating temperatures… more
Abstract:This Phase I STTR program will develop and test anode supported, low temperature, protonic solid electrolyte fuel cell (AS-LT-PSOFC) with high electrochemical efficiency, high degree of hydrogen (H) utilization, low operating temperature, and reversible… more
Abstract:… above 800oC. Phase I will involve the design and construction of cathode-supported CASE tubes. In particular, the electrochemical reaction sites on the anode will be increased, in order to increase the effective anodic reaction rates. In Phase II, a hybrid fuel … more
Abstract:Development of a stable anode material that operates on fossil fuels is a fundamental technical target for the next generation of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). The conventional Ni/YSZ composite anode show good performance with pure H2 as fuel. However,… more
Abstract:…y and propensity for reacting. This research will demonstrate a new sensor platform for measuring the real-time activity of reactive surfaces in a continuous and non-destructive manner. Reactive surfaces are increasingly being used in products ranging from batteries and fuel … more
Abstract:…h as NOx and CO. These filters may also be combined with the catalytic converters as a single multifunctional unit to save space and weight on the automobile. Other potential applications of ceramic nanofibers with catalysts include hydrogen storage tanks and fuel … more
Abstract:In fuel cell systems, the bipolar plate is known to significantly impact the performance, durability, volume-to-weight ratio, and cost. This project will develop an innovative class of low-cost sheet molding compound (SMC) bipolar plates consisting of a thin… more
Abstract:… and anti-submarine missions). Achieving high power density at all levels will greatly enhance future UUV capabilities. In this SBIR project, NexTech Materials and its subcontractor (Plug Power) will design, develop and demonstrate a compact solid oxide fuel … more
Abstract:In this SBIR Phase I proposal (Topic OSD06-EP1), NexTech Materials, Ltd. will comparatively test anode materials sets for SOFCs for operation on sulfur-containing (200 ppmv H2S) fuels between 700-850,aC. Cell performance and stability will be characterized in both sulfur-containing hydrogen and… more
Abstract:This proposal directly supports development of alternative and renewable energy. Specifically,
this project involves development and demonstration of a simplified method for operating solid
oxide fuel cells directly on bio-ethanol. Renewable bio-fuels, such… more
Abstract:In order to improve the performance of a Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC), this project will incorporate a nano-scale catalyst within the SOFC cathode. The innovation will allow improved, inexpensive and stable metals to be used for electrical interconnection… more
Abstract:In this SBIR Phase II proposal (Topic OSD06-EP1), NexTech Materials, Ltd. will seek further development of the solid oxide fuel cell anode materials that were explored in Phase I. In Phase II, NexTech will use the anode platform that was established in… more
Abstract:In this Phase I STTR program, NexTech Materials, Ltd. (NexTech) and the University of Florida (UF) will collaboratively demonstrate a Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) design and materials set tailored to provide military users with a rugged, compact power supply,… more
Abstract:Currently, the low activity, poor durability, and high cost of the cathode catalysts in Proton Exchange Membrane fuel cells and Direct Methanol fuel cells constitute some of the major barriers to the commercialization… more
Abstract:The proposal solicits funding for the development of a fuel processing component for the reforming of sulfur-laden JP-5 and other logistic fuels as part of an overall fuel cell energy system. Sulfur in such fuels will hinder the performance of reforming… more
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