Static Water Vapor Feed Electrolyzer

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$599,938.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNX10CA92C
Agency Tracking Number:
084301
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
X6
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Giner Electrochemical Systems, LLC
89 Rumford Avenue, Newton, MA, 02466
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
157030656
Principal Investigator:
Cortney Mittelsteadt
Principal Investigator
(781) 529-0529
cmittelsteadt@ginerinc.com
Business Contact:
Anthony Vaccaro
President/COO
(781) 529-0504
avaccaro@ginerinc.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Development of a static vapor feed electrolyzer utilizing an advanced bipolar plate that produces sub-saturated H2 and O2 is proposed. This novel bipolar design can greatly simplify electrolyzer systems, as it eliminates the need for water/gas phase separation, which is particularly challenging in a zero gravity environment. Maintaining water in the vapor phase greatly reduces membrane swelling which should increase durability. Finally, by keeping water in the vapor phase the MEA is not exposed to ion and other contaminants that are carried by a liquid water stream, further increasing durability and simplifying the system by reducing the need for ultra-pure water. The primary goal of this Phase I program is to demonstrate a high-pressure (1000 psi) static vapor feed electrolyzer and demonstrate that the system can operate without purge of the water feed stream for up to 100 hours.

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