Lightweight Fuel Cell Panel Utilizing High Temperature Ionic Polymer

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W911NF-08-C-0117
Award Id:
85033
Agency Tracking Number:
A08A-010-0264
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
7960 S. Kolb Rd., Tucson, AZ, 85706
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
147518286
Principal Investigator:
Raouf Loutfy
President
(520) 574-1980
mercorp@mercorp.com
Business Contact:
James Withers
C.E.O.
(520) 574-1980
jcwithers@mercorp.com
Research Institution:
ARIZONA STATE UNIV.
Frederic Zenhausern
Center for App. NanoBioscience
Biodesign Institute
Tempe, AZ, 85287 5001
(480) 727-8169
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Ionic polymers are ionically conductive organic salts with excellent thermal and chemical stability, useful for their large specific capacitances across a wide operational temperature range. In this program, MER Corporation and Arizona State University propose the fuel cell use of electroactive solid state ionic polymers that conduct protons across an even wider temperature range from subzero to < 200 degrees C. The proposed protic solid acids will be tested in a flexible, thin-sheet multi-cell fuel cell panel. This novel proposed stack design, one that breaks with the traditional state-of-the-art panel configuration, will not required gas diffusion layers, bipolar plates, end plates, bus plates or clamping nuts and bolts. These simplifications will improve the overall power density and energy density of the fuel cell system as well as adapt it to fit against irregular internal contours.

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