Direct Electrochemical Methanol Production for Mars

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$69,996.00
Award Year:
2002
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NAS9-01153
Award Id:
56430
Agency Tracking Number:
012292
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
89 Rumford Avenue, Newton, MA, 02466
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
JohnA. Kosek,
Principal Investigator
(781) 529-0505
jkosek@ginerinc.com
Business Contact:
AnthonyLaConti,
Chief Executive Officer
(781) 529-0501
alaconti@ginerinc.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
The production of fuels from indigenous materials on the surfaces of the Moon and the planets such as Mars will result in cost savings, as these materials will not have to be transported from earth. To assist in this process, GINER ELECTROCHEMICAL SYSTEMS, LLC (GES), proposes to demonstrate the feasibility of producing methanol from the electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide, found in the Martian atmosphere. The reduction process will be accomplished using a novel cathode catalyst in conjunction with a proton-exchange membrane cell. In addition to methanol formation, the proposed approach will also produce oxygen. The technical objectives of the program are to identify an efficient cathode catalyst for CO2 reduction that results in the production of methanol, develop an efficient cathode electrode structure and fabricate a complete electrochemical reactor, and to operate the reactor under a wide variety of conditions, resulting in the simultaneous production of methanol and oxygen.

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