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High Purity H2 from Sunlight via a Unique Combination of Novel Photodiodes and Membranes

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W56HZV-20-C-0025
Agency Tracking Number: A19B-015-0013
Amount: $166,343.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: A19B-T015
Solicitation Number: 19.B
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-01-16
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-07-14
Small Business Information
410 Sackett Point Road
North Haven, CT 06473
United States
DUNS: 178154456
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Subir Roychoudhury
 Vice President, Research & Engineering
 (203) 287-3700
Business Contact
 Anthony K. Anderson
Phone: (203) 287-3700
Research Institution
 University of Michigan
 Anthony Nielson Anthony Nielson
2405 EECS 1301 Beal Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
United States

 (734) 936-0401
 Nonprofit College or University

Precision Combustion, Inc. (PCI) together with University of Michigan (UMich) proposes a system to use solar energy to convert water to ultra-high purity compressed hydrogen suitable for PEM fuel cells. We will combine UMich’s high efficiency photocatalytic water splitting approach with PCI’s integrated hydrogen separator/compressor. The proposed effort will confirm the avoidance of external energy input beyond solar energy, indifference to water quality, high photocatalytic efficiency , with high H2 selectivity and purity suitable for PEM use. The H2 produced will also be compressed by our system to overcome the internal pressure drop of PEM fuel cells. Based on H2 generation rates and membrane performance, component sizing suitable for producing 1 kg of H2/day will be identified.

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