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Novel membranes for Electrochemical Hydrogen Compression enabling increased pressure capability and higher pumping efficiency

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-SC0018456
Agency Tracking Number: 0000234301
Amount: $154,065.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: 17d
Solicitation Number: DE-FOA-0001770
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-04-09
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-01-08
Small Business Information
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Harrington, DE 19952-2374
United States
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Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Zhefei Li
 (302) 629-5768
Business Contact
 Julee Meltzer
Phone: (904) 342-9907
Research Institution
 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
 Chulsung Bae
111 Eighth Street
Troy, NY 12180-3522
United States

 (518) 276-3784
 Nonprofit college or university

Xergy and RPI will develop a novel composite membrane that enables electrochemical hydrogen compression at > 1 kg/hour at 875 bar with an energy consumption of 1.4 kWh/kg, given hydrogen input at 100 bar. Phase I of this research will include synthesis of membrane samples, followed by bench-top evaluation of key performance characteristics, including polarization curves, Tafel plots, and evaluation of performance over time. DOE's target requires development of an anion exchange composite membrane with low electrical resistance, high mechanical strength, and high puncture resistance. Xergy and RPI have recently closely collaborated under two ARPA-E rewards for the development of high-performance ultrathin anionic composite membranes. The base chemistry of these membranes has shown to be flexible and cationic variants have shown high potential in fuel cell systems. The overall project will be investigated using synergistic “Design of Experiments” methodology between Xergy and RPI to generate a response surface for predicting maximum performance ionomer chemistry.

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