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Electrochemical Generation of Hydrogen from Methanol

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-11-C-0234
Agency Tracking Number: A11A-012-0077
Amount: $99,738.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: A11a-T012
Solicitation Number: 2011.A
Solicitation Year: 2011
Award Year: 2011
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2011-09-28
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
Newton, MA 02466-1311
United States
DUNS: 157030656
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Simon Stone
 Program Manager
 (781) 529-0525
Business Contact
 Anthony Vaccaro
Title: President/COO
Phone: (781) 529-0504
Research Institution
 Jet Propulsion Laboratory
 Indrani C Graczyk
4800 Oak Grove Drive Mail Stop 180-904
Pasadena, CA 91109-
United States

 (818) 354-4321
 Federally Funded R&D Center (FFRDC)

The US Army has identified limitations of the DMFC (poor efficiency) and RMFC (complex system, high temperature process) approaches, and is soliciting innovation that will enable high efficiency hydrogen generation from methanol in a simple approach that has minimal thermal signature. It is the objective of this project to address these needs through the development of a novel hybrid electrochemical power generation device utilizing a direct methanol electrolyzer (DME) and a hydrogen/air fuel cell (FC). Giner Electrochemical Systems, LLC (GES) and NASA"s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) have teamed repeatedly since the early 1990"s to advance the state-of-the-art DMFC technology, and will collaborate in this STTR Phase I program to adapt our technology to the DME. Advanced electrocatalysts and electrolyte materials will be developed to optimize the efficiency of the methanol-to-hydrogen conversion, and a unitized cell construction will be developed. A high-pressure DME cathode will provide hydrogen with low levels of MeOH and carbon dioxide. GES"experience in integrated electrochemical systems and recent work by JPL will be leveraged to conceptualize a complete system design for a 25W DME-FC hybrid. This system concept would be realized in Phase II, resulting in the delivery of two 25W systems to the Army.

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