Lightweight Unitized Regenerative Fuel Cell

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$69,978.00
Award Year:
2003
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NAS3-03027
Agency Tracking Number:
024326
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Proton Energy Systems, Inc.
10 Technology Drive, Wallingford, CT, 06492
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Frano Barbir
(203) 678-2000
fbarbir@protonenergy.com
Business Contact:
Stephen Szymanski
Business Official
(203) 678-2000
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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