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
Amount:
$99,833.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX09CD18P
Agency Tracking Number:
084903
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Materials and Systems Research, Inc.
5395 West 700 South, Salt Lake City, UT, 84104
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
858801483
Principal Investigator:
Greg Tao
Principal Investigator
(801) 530-4987
gtao@msrihome.com
Business Contact:
Anthony Decheek
Business Official
(801) 530-4987
adecheek@msrihome.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
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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