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Bifunctional Regenerative Electrochemical Air Transformation for Human Environments

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: 80NSSC20C0030
Agency Tracking Number: 181070
Amount: $749,973.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: T6
Solicitation Number: STTR_18_P2
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-12-16
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-12-15
Small Business Information
111 Roberts Street, Suite J
East Hartford, CT 06108-3653
United States
DUNS: 795426746
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Trent Molter
 (860) 652-9690
 tmolter@skyre-inc.com
Business Contact
 Trent Molter
Phone: (860) 652-9690
Email: tmolter@skyre-inc.com
Research Institution
 University of South Carolina-Columbia
 
Columbia-Campus
Columbia, SC 00000-0000
United States

 Federally Funded R&D Center (FFRDC)
Abstract

The Bifunctional Regenerative Electrochemical Air Transformation for Human Environments (BREATHE) for life support and habitation is part of the atmosphere revitalization equipment necessary to provide and maintain a livable environment within the pressurized cabin of crewed spacecraft. nbsp;BREATHE is a low-power electrodialysis-based concept for regenerating a liquid carbon dioxide scrubbing material while simultaneously separating and compressing CO2.nbsp; During the Phase I program, Skyre successfully demonstrated the BREATHE concept in a 3-chamber cell configuration that is based on our solid-state, high-pressure electrochemical cell architecture that is routinely operated as high as 4500 psi and demonstrated to 12,500 psi.nbsp; Initial performance data collected from this effort allowed preliminary system-level trades to be made against a mechanical compressor and a temperature swing adsorption compressor with favorable results.nbsp; The primary objectives for the Phase II activity are to improve the overall electrical efficiency of the regeneration/compression step of the BREATHE concept by targeted design improvements to the cell electrodes and flow fields, and to study further integration with a liquid-based CO2 scrubbing system designed for microgravity operation.nbsp; Improvements in cell performance will result in reduced power, system volume and weight in a system that is already quiet and inherently reliable with no moving parts ndash; critical features for any long-duration manned space mission.nbsp;

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