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Novel Membranes for Electrochemical Compressors

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-SC0019594
Agency Tracking Number: 250233
Amount: $999,623.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: 19c
Solicitation Number: DE-FOA-0002155
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-04-06
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2022-04-05
Small Business Information
89 Rumford Avenue
Newton, MA 02466-1311
United States
DUNS: 806229300
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Michael Hickner
 (814) 867-1847
Business Contact
 Andy Belt
Phone: (781) 529-0507
Research Institution
 Pennsylvania State University
 Michael Hickner
110 Technology Center Building
University Park, PA 16802-5010
United States

 (814) 865-7650
 Nonprofit College or University

Hydrogen compression represents a key technical challenge for the widespread use of Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEV). To dispense hydrogen to a FCEV tank, hydrogen must be compressed to a minimum of 875 bar. Conventional compressors account for over half of the refueling station’s cost, have poor reliability, and insufficient flow rates. To enable the widespread use of FCEVs, an additional major investment is required to achieve an infrastructure for low-cost, efficient hydrogen compressors in fueling stations. New developments in membrane technology promise a new generation of very efficient low-cost electrochemical hydrogen compressors (EHC). Giner ELX and Penn State University will extend their extensive experience in high-pressure proton-exchange- membranes to develop an efficient EHC for refueling applications that can deliver hydrogen at pressures of greater than 875 bar (12,700 psi). The program addresses the development and scale-up of novel aromatic membranes that enable a path to advance the EHC technology to a commercial level where EHCs can be used to compress hydrogen for storage and mobile refueling applications. The novel membranes developed in this program will enable a path to advance the EHC technology to a commercial level where EHCs can be used to compress hydrogen for mobile refueling and energy storage applications. These applications include FCEV home re-fuelers, ‘road-side’ emergency re-fuelers, forecourt fueling stations, and due to its scalability, hydrogen (fuel) storage in centralized hydrogen production facilities that utilize renewable energy sources.

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