ELECTROCHEMICALLY DRIVEN HEAT PUMP

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$40,000.00
Award Year:
1987
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
5282
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Electrochem Inc.
400 W. Cummings Park, Woburn, MA, 01801
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
() -
Business Contact:
Dr. Vinod Jalan
President
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
TO FACILITATE IMPROVED DESIGN OF HIGH EFFICIENCY HEATING AND COOLING EQUIPMENT, AN INNOVATIVE RESEARCH PROGRAM TO INVESTIGATE THE ELECTROCHEMICALLY DRIVEN HEAT PUMP (EDHP) CONCEPT IS PROPOSED. THE EDHP CONCEPT (U. S. PATENT 4,593,534) REPLACES THE MECHANICAL COMPRESSOR OF AN AIR CONDITIONING OR REFRIGERATION SYSTEM WITH AN ELECTROCHEMICAL COMPRESSOR. THE WORKING FLUID MUST BE ELECTROACTIVE SO THAT SUPPLYING POWER TO THE SYSTEM, THE WORKING FLUID IS CONSUMED AT THE LOW PRESSURE ELECTRODE AND IS REGENERATED AT THE OTHER, HIGH PRESSURE ELECTRODE. THIS APPROACH IS BASED ON FUEL CELL TECHNOLOGY WHICH HAS BEEN DEVELOPED ALMOST TO COMMERCIALIZATION, WITH SPONSORSHIP BY DOE AND OTHER AGENCIES. IT MUST BE POINTED OUT THAT THE PROPOSED CONCEPT OF THE EDHP AVOIDS A MOST TROUBLESOME COMPONENT OF THE CONVENTIONAL HEAT PUMP, NAMELY A MECHANICAL PUMP, AND A MOST TROUBLESOME COMPONENT OF THE CONVENTIONAL FUEL CELL, NAMELY THE OXYGEN ELECTRODE WHICH IS RELATIVELY INEFFICIENT AND CORROSION PRONE.

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