Development of a Direct Carbon Fuel Cell for Power and Fuels Cogeneration Directly from Plastic Trash

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX09CD18P
Agency Tracking Number: 084903
Amount: $99,833.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: X3.03
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
5395 West 700 South, Salt Lake City, UT, 84104-4403
DUNS: 858801483
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Greg Tao
 Principal Investigator
 (801) 530-4987
Business Contact
 Anthony Decheek
Title: Business Official
Phone: (801) 530-4987
Research Institution
This small business innovation research is intended to develop a simple processing concept based-on an advanced direct carbon fuel cell (DCFC) technology enabling directly converting plastic trash into life support consumables (such as H2, CO2 and H2O) and electricity simultaneously, for supporting Lunar ISRU development. The proposed innovation involves the areas associated with the advanced DCFC characteristics and simplified processes turning plastic trash into renewable energy at a high efficiency. In Phase I, the decomposition/oxidation electrochemistry of polyethylene-based plastic bags and spoons, catalyzed by molten carbonate anode composites, will be characterized. Tubular electrochemical cells built upon the proposed DCFC technology will be studied at elevated temperatures, followed by performance optimization.

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