Advanced Composite Bipolar Plate for Unitized Regenerative Fuel Cell/Electrolyzer Systems

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$599,944.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNC08CA12C
Agency Tracking Number:
065699
Solicitation Year:
2006
Solicitation Topic Code:
X8.03
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Giner Electrochemical Systems, LLC
89 Rumford Avenue, Newton, MA, 02466-1311
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
157030656
Principal Investigator:
Cortney Mittelsteadt
Principal Investigator
(781) 529-0529
cmittelsteadt@ginerinc.com
Business Contact:
Anthony Vaccaro
President
(781) 529-0504
avaccaro@ginerinc.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Development of an advanced composite bipolar plate is proposed for a unitized regenerative fuel cell and electrolyzer system that operates on pure feed streams (H2/O2 and water, respectively). The composite bipolar plate can greatly simplify "closed-loop" unitized fuel cell/electrolyzer power systems, as it eliminates the need for saturators, a second stack and water/gas phase separation. It provides a substantial system improvement over presently used alkaline systems in that it allows for simple high pressure operation with a high differential pressure. Additionally, it allows for dead-ended H2 and O2 feed for the fuel cell, eliminating parasitic pumping losses required for water removal. Phase I demonstrated operation of a composite bipolar plate-based fuel cell and electrolyzers, and quantified the composite bipolar plate transport and mechanical properties required for system design. In Phase II a full size unitized composite bipolar plate designed will be designed for high pressure (>1000 psi) operation. In addition a full-size (2kW) stack and support system will be designed.

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