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CO2-derived Formate for Deicing

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8649-20-P-0616
Agency Tracking Number: J201-CSO1-7229
Amount: $50,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: J201-CSO1
Solicitation Number: 20.1
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-03-09
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-06-09
Small Business Information
Berkeley, CA 94710-1234
United States
DUNS: 079865172
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Carter Haines
 Director of Advanced Development
 (214) 562-1661
Business Contact
 Carter Haines Carter Haines
Phone: (214) 562-1661
Research Institution

Conventional deicers for roadways and runways, such as sodium chloride, can be corrosive to vehicles and infrastructure, and environmentally damaging to vegetation, soil, and water. The US Army has expressed an interest in potassium formate as a deicer, as it is more environmentally friendly and less corrosive than traditional, chloride-based deicers. These advantages make it the deicer of choice for aerospace applications. Opus 12 has developed a commercial polymer-electrolyte membrane (PEM) electrolyzer that can be coupled with renewable power to produce chemicals using CO2 and water as the only inputs. The technology has presently been developed to a technology readiness level of TRL-6, with a kW-scale, multi-cell stack, prototype commercial unit successfully generating CO for downstream processes since mid-2019. Using this technology, Opus 12 can generate carbon monoxide (CO), and combine it with potassium hydroxide to produce potassium formate in-situ. This process can be containerized for drop-in deployment, and enable local production of potassium formate from waste CO2 at its point of use via an economical and environmentally friendly pathway. Successful deployment of this onsite potassium formate production technology on bases and deployed environments would improve resilience and sustainability, decrease logistics complexity, and improve combat capability and readiness.

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