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Extremely Lightweight Fuel Cell Based Power Supply System for Commercial Aircrafts

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: ARPA-E
Contract: DE-AR0001349
Agency Tracking Number: 2241-1501
Amount: $256,519.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 1
Solicitation Number: DE-FOA-0002241
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2021-01-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-06-30
Small Business Information
11 Glengarry Way
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
United States
DUNS: 137569609
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Chuni Ghosh
 (609) 275-0070
Business Contact
 Chuni Ghosh
Phone: (609) 275-0070
Research Institution

Fuceltech proposes to develop a low cost lightweight Energy Storage and Power Generation (ESPG) system for commercial aircrafts in the ARPA-E REEACH program. Fuceltech will develop a single fuel cell (5kW to be developed in the program and potentially as high as 10kW from a single cell) and a novel stacking approach which can be used to deliver hundreds of kW or MWs of power from a single small and lightweight stack. Fuceltech has built prototypes in the past with a variant of the approach which lacked the stacking ability. In this SBIR, Fuceltech intends to develop and demonstrate high power single cell and their stacking ability. We would will use ethanol as a fuel and a reformer for reforming the fuel. Precision Combustion Inc(PCI), which is a technology leader in the field of reformers will build the reformer for this fuel. We have decided to use ethanol as the fuel as it would deliver low CO concentration in the reformate. PCI has done experimentation with ethanol in the past and in this program will build a low cost and lightweight reformer for ethanol for the PEM fuel cells for ARPA-E demonstration. We would develop single cells of 2kW power in phase 1 and demonstrate stacked cells of >5kW output power and in phase 2 will develop 5kW single cells and demonstrate stacks of 5 and 10kW output power. Fuceltech team has a strong commercialization background and will aggressively commercialize the technology and products after the development in the SBIR.

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