Compact, Efficient Water Recovery for Advanced Fuel Cell Power Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-09-C-0134
Agency Tracking Number: O071-ES6-4020
Amount: $749,977.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD07-ES6
Solicitation Number: 2007.1
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
 Principal Investigator
 (603) 643-3800
Business Contact
 James Barry
Title: President
Phone: (603) 643-3800
Research Institution
Fuel cell power systems that run on common, high-sulfur logistic fuel have the potential to meet future demands for distributed, shipboard power generation and to generate power at forward deployed bases. A key practical problem with this technology is the need for a continuous supply of high-purity water for the fuel reformer. We propose to develop a compact, efficient, and simple water recovery system that can capture high-purity water from the reformer exhaust stream without the need for phase change and complicated purification equipment. In Phase I we proved the feasibility of this approach through proof-of-concept experiments that demonstrated key performance characteristics, mass transfer modeling and analysis to predict and scale up performance, and mechanical design of a prototype water recovery unit. We propose to build and demonstrate a prototype water recovery system in Phase II that can be integrated with a fuel cell generating system.

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