Advanced Product Water Removal and Management (APWR) Fuel Cell System

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNC05CA38C
Agency Tracking Number: 040356
Amount: $69,809.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: X6.04
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
68 Bridge Street, Suite 114, Suffield, CT, 06078-2126
DUNS: 127073372
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 William Smith
 Principal Investigator
 (860) 668-1845
Business Contact
 William Smith
Title: Business Official
Phone: (860) 668-1845
Research Institution
The proposed innovation is a passive, self-regulating, gravity-independent Advanced Product Water Removal and management (APWR) system for incorporation into Polymer Electrolyte Membrane (PEM) primary fuel cell power plants. Passive water removal is incorporated into each cell of the power plant stack. Only pressure differential is required to manage within the cell and to remove and discharge liquid product water from the power plant. The APWR system eliminates the gas circulator, centrifugal separator, heat exchanger (condenser) and controls that comprise the water management system in the conventional aqueous electrolyte fuel cell power plants now in service It also can simplify the reactant supply system by elimination of fuel and oxidant humidifiers. No rotating or active components or gas circulation are required in the APWR system. APWR is based on PEM technology proven in industrial and automotive applications but not applied to space power plants.

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