Low Cost Advanced Bipolar Plates for Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG03-96ER82204
Agency Tracking Number: 34569
Amount: $720,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1997
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
7960 South Kolb, Tucson, AZ, 85706
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dr. R. O. Loutfy
 (520) 574-1980
Business Contact
 Dr. J. C. Withers
Title: CEO
Phone: (520) 574-1980
Research Institution
40264 November 6, 1996 Materials & Electrochemical Research Corporation This Phase I project will demonstrate the applicability of a novel approach to produce low cost, high conductivity bipolar plates for fuel cell applications. Conductive polymers will be produced with comparable conductivities to currently used graphite bipolar plates. The fabrication technology of the conductive polymer will be investigated to produce net shape bipolar plates, thus eliminating the exceedingly expensive machining of graphite plates. The conductive polymer bipolar plates will be fully characterized and evaluated in single cell configurations for electrochemical stability, resistivity, and gas diffusion. The overall concept will be assessed both for technical performance and cost for further development in Phase II. Anticipated Results/Potential Commercial Applications as described by the awardee: Conductive polymers should offer a significant performance and cost advantages to fuel cell technologies. Net shape conductive polymer bipolar plates should have significant commercial potential in fuel cell markets and should enhance the application of this technology to power cogenerator plants for commercial buildings.

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