Lightweight, Rugged, Portable Fuel Cell

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Threat Reduction Agency
Contract: DTRA01-02-P-0114
Agency Tracking Number: T021-0022
Amount: $99,974.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 2002
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 71, Hanover, NH, 03755
DUNS: 072021041
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michael Izenson
 Principal Engineer
 (603) 643-3800
Business Contact
 William Baschnagel
Title: Operations Manager
Phone: (603) 643-3800
Research Institution
"To operate sensors to verify future arms control agreements, inspectors will need a portable power source. The power source must be rugged, lightweight, reliable, adaptable to a variety of different sensor applications with different current/voltagerequirements, and simple to refuel in the field. We propose to develop a polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cell that is ideal for arms control inspectors. The system is based on proven membrane/electrode assemblies. Innovative cell components andsystem design make the system rugged, reliable, lightweight, and easily transportable. A "smart" power control system enables the system to supply power at any voltage between 12 and 120 V. The system uses fuel that is easily transportable and/orobtainable nearly anywhere in the world. In Phase I we will prove the feasibility of this system by demonstrating the operation of a prototypical fuel cell stack, assessing the key design trade-offs, and producing a conceptual design for the prototypefuel cell. In Phase II we will develop the system components, complete a detailed system design, fabricate the stack, and assemble the system. Phase II will culminate with a demonstration that the system can produce 220 W of power for 12 hours. For armscontrol inspectors, the proposed system will eliminate the logistical burden of supplying power for critical sensors: it is easily transportable, provides output voltage suitable for a variety of se

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