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Single-step production of kerosene-based fuels from carbon dioxide and hydrogen

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: 80NSSC22PA933
Agency Tracking Number: 221301
Amount: $149,928.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: T7
Solicitation Number: STTR_22_P1
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2022
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-07-20
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2023-08-25
Small Business Information
407 Johnson Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11206-2805
United States
DUNS: 116943731
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Stafford Sheehan
 (774) 644-4320
 staff@aircompany.com
Business Contact
 Stafford Sheehan
Title: staffsw
Phone: (774) 644-4320
Email: staff@aircompany.com
Research Institution
 New York University
 
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY 00000-0000
United States

 Federally Funded R&D Center (FFRDC)
Abstract

Air Company has developed carbon dioxide hydrogenation technology that produces paraffins (C8-C16 and higher) in a single step using only carbon dioxide and hydrogen gases as feedstock. The hydrogen gas is sourced using renewably powered water electrolysis, thus the only byproduct of the process is the oxygen that is coproduced from the electrolyzer. Coupling this system with direct air capture technology, for which we have a patent pending on a synthetic carbonic anhydrase analognbsp;to increase sorption efficacy, enables production of kerosene-based fuels using only air, water, and renewable electricity. Air Company has demonstrated this process at the pilot scale, producing a metric ton of products per week and operating for over 8,600 operating hours in 2021. In this proposal, we plan to use our existing data and expertise, as well as collect new experimental data, to construct the process models and provide NASA with mass and energy balance information, system energy consumption, mass, and volume, sensitivity to varied carbon dioxide feedstocks for applications on Earth and Mars, detailed descriptions of each subcomponentnbsp;of the process, and a thorough risk analysis for deployment on Earth and Mars. Together with Modestino Lab at New York University, we will further provide detailed engineering models, materials sizing, and kinetic modeling for the key components of the system, specifically the carbon dioxide hydrogenation reactor. At the end of this STTR project, the technical feasibility of deploying this technology on Earth and Mars will be thoroughly assessed and delivered to NASA.

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