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Ionomer Dispersion Impact on Advanced Fuel Cell and Electrolyzer Performance and Durability

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-SC0012049
Agency Tracking Number: 219278
Amount: $999,989.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: 09b
Solicitation Number: DE-FOA-0001258
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2015
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2015-07-27
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-07-26
Small Business Information
89 Rumford Avenue
Newton, MA 02466-1311
United States
DUNS: 665949790
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Hui Xu
 (781) 529-0573
Business Contact
 Cortney Mittelsteadt
Title: Dr.
Phone: (781) 529-0529
Research Institution
P.O. Box 1663
Los Alamos, NM 87545
United States

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 Federally Funded R&D Center (FFRDC)

The non-aqueous ionomer dispersion technology invented at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) has demonstrated great potential to significantly improve the lifetime of proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells and electrolyzers. However, further validation and improvements are needed to make this technology commercially viable. The overall objective of this project is to further develop and commercialize LANLs ionomer dispersion technology. The ionomer dispersion technology will be integrated with dimension- stabilized membrane (DSM) platform to create more durable membrane and electrode assemblies (MEAs) for PEM fuel cells and electrolyzers in an economically feasible way. In our Phase I project, this ionomer dispersion technology was successfully combined with DSM technology to create more durable MEAs. These MEAs simultaneously demonstrated remarkable chemical stability and mechanically stability after being subjected to accelerated stress tests. In the Phase II project, we will further develop this technology in more processable, scalable, and profitable ways. We will use a roll-to-roll process to make full-sized MEAs that combine non- aqueous ionomer dispersion and DSMs. We will evaluate these MEAs in more extensive and practical conditions and explore their potential markets.

The successful completion of this project will improve the durability and performance of PEM fuel cells and electrolyzers, significantly reducing the cost of fuel cell vehicles. This will lead to a widespread deployment of fuel cell vehicles, which will relieve the nations heavy dependence on imported oil and reduce air pollutants.

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