High Power Enzymatic Fuel Cell with Complete Oxidation of Fuel for Small Power System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-10-M-2064
Agency Tracking Number: O092-EP3-1086
Amount: $99,994.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD09-EP3
Solicitation Number: 2009.2
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2009
Award Year: 2009
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2009-11-25
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2010-08-25
Small Business Information
215 Wynn Dr., 5th Floor, Huntsville, AL, 35805
DUNS: 185169620
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Vojtech Svoboda
 Research Engineer
 (256) 327-0681
 tsb@cfdrc.com
Business Contact
 Deborah Phipps
Title: Senior Contracts Specialist
Phone: (256) 726-4884
Email: dap@cfdrc.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Our objective is to develop a high power enzymatic fuel cell (EFC) with complete oxidation of fuel, thereby delivering a state-of-the-art power supply for low power military systems. The proposed EFC will leverage ongoing research at both CFDRC and Saint Louis University to provide a fully-integrate lightweight, low-cost, manufacturable, and renewable power supply, for various military and civilian applications. This solution offers several advantages over the existing electromechanical methods; higher energy density, low-cost, environmentally-friendly catalysts, and renewable fuel supply eliminating need for replacement or recharge. In Phase I, we will demonstrate a multiple enzyme cascade to partially oxidize sucrose (table sugar) and also develop and validate a computer model to aid in the design of the electrode. Additionally, we will design all components of the entire EFC system for maximal power density. In Phase II with enhanced computer model and computer-aided design, the EFC will be further improved by design and fabrication of electrodes capable of full oxidation of sucrose. The fully-integrated prototype will be capable of providing a proof-of-concept demonstration as a low power military power source. A multi-disciplinary team with proven expertise in biomicrosystems, bioelectrochemistry, and system design has been assembled to accomplish these goals.

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