Lightweight Unitized Regenerative Fuel Cell

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NAS3-03027
Agency Tracking Number: 024326
Amount: $69,978.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2003
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
10 Technology Drive, Wallingford, CT, 06492
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Frano Barbir
 (203) 678-2000
 fbarbir@protonenergy.com
Business Contact
 Stephen Szymanski
Title: Business Official
Phone: (203) 678-2000
Email: sszymanski@protonenergy.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I program addresses the development of a Proton Exchange Membrane Unitized Regenerative Fuel Cell (PEM URFC) Energy Storage System. The PEM URFC provides all the advantages of a primary fuel cell but can recharge itself from an electrical power supply providing very high-density energy storage. Configured with reversible cells, this system is the functional equivalent of a battery yet has the attractive features of a fuel cell such as high specific energy, high energy density, and long cycle life. The specific development having a significant impact on optimization of the URFC for advanced NASA missions is a lightweight cell stack design. We will rapidly transition the results of the successful Phase I into Phase II prototypes of energy storage products suitable for development into flight hardware or into commercial products.

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