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HTPEM Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology Development

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8649-22-P-1032
Agency Tracking Number: FX20D-TCSO1-0334
Amount: $749,927.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AFX20D-TCSO1
Solicitation Number: X20.D
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-04-20
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2023-07-21
Small Business Information
519 W Second Street
Essington, PA 19029-1231
United States
DUNS: 002266609
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Dean Vassalotti
 (610) 521-5700
Business Contact
 Jennifer Adams
Phone: (610) 521-5700
Research Institution
 Penn State Applied Research Laboratory
 Joseph Cor
227 W. Beaver Ave, Ste 401
State College, PA 16801-4819
United States

 (814) 865-5956
 Nonprofit College or University

The objective of this Phase II effort is to expand upon the development of the design of a 500 kW-class turbocharged HTPEM hydrogen fuel cell system for use in manned aircraft with energy density five times greater than current batteries.  This effort leverages past and ongoing IR&D and AFWERX Phase I STTR and Phase II SBIR investment in turbocharged HTPEM hydrogen fuel cell technology including system design, architecture development, and ground-based fuel cell component lab tests.  Successful development of airborne HTPEM fuel cell technology will enable eVTOL to meet customer requirements, eliminating battery risks while posturing the technology for DoD applications such as distributed logistics, rescue, and MEDEVAC.  FAA certification of HTPEM fuel cell technology on the PA-890 will open broader aviation and ground-based applications of this transformative technology. The research and development of high reliability light weight electric power systems that leverages the superior energy density of hydrogen is a key enabler for the development and deployment of eVTOL platforms.  The proposed research to advance the development of an airborne turbo air-cooled HTPEM hydrogen fuel cell power system will be conducted to assure adequate thermal management and evaluation of failure modes and their impact to system performance and safety.

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

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