Hydrogen Peroxide Based Fuel Cell for High Energy Density Space application

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-04-C-R081
Agency Tracking Number: 03SB2-0504
Amount: $99,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2003
Solicitation Topic Code: SB032-048
Solicitation Number: 2003.2
Small Business Information
NPL ASSOC., INC.
912 W. Armory Ave., Champaign, IL, 61821
DUNS: 047034645
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Nie Luo
 Research Scientist
 (217) 356-5402
 nluo@uiuc.edu
Business Contact
 George Miley
Title: President
Phone: (217) 356-5402
Email: georgehm@aol.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The objective of this research is to study the feasibility of a unique high energy-density space power system based on a direct hydrogen peroxide fuel cell. Such a power system has an energy density 10 times higher than that available from the most advanced battery systems today and meets the requirements for Unconventional Space Power set forth in DARPA SB032-048. Unlike conventional fuel cells that employ oxygen, this radical new type of hydrogen peroxide fuel cell uses H2O2 directly in the cathode. This direct process eradicates the energy loss and weight penalty associated with prior attempts to develop H2O2 fuel cells where oxygen was generated via the catalytic decomposition of H2O2. The result is a highly efficient, high power density unit that is ideally suited for a variety of demanding space applications. The proposed study would demonstrate operation of such a small prototype cell and characterize its operational performance and efficiency.

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