Application of Microsystem Technologies in Advanced Aerospace Vehicle Power Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-04-C-2479
Agency Tracking Number: F031-2022
Amount: $749,980.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2003
Solicitation Topic Code: AF03-164
Solicitation Number: 2003.1
Small Business Information
263 Decatur Street, Atlanta, GA, 30312
DUNS: 807623046
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Davorin Babic
 (404) 584-2475
Business Contact
 Anthony Pace
Phone: (404) 584-2475
Research Institution
The Air Force has identified fuel cells as an "emerging technology of choice for power generation" because of their "supreme fuel efficiency, reduced air emissions and minimal fuel costs". The electrolyte is a critical component of a fuel cell, and no solid electrolyte has been identified that permits fuel cell operation in the intermediate temperature range 200-400°C (although this temperature range is of outstanding technological interest). Any fuel cell type operating in the intermediate temperature range would ameliorate many outstanding problems of the organic polymer exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells, while still avoiding problems of the high temperature fuel cell types such as solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC). This critical lack of a suitable electrolyte material for the intermediate temperature range has been recognized in the fuel cell community and denoted as a "gap". We propose a novel approach to bridge this "gap" and develop a fuel cell and the enabling electrolyte to be used in the intermediate temperature range.

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