Dimensionally Stable Membrane for High Pressure Electrolyzers

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX09CA93C
Agency Tracking Number: 074263
Amount: $599,995.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: X8.01
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Giner Electrochemical Systems, LLC
89 Rumford Avenue, Newton, MA, 02466-1311
DUNS: 157030656
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Cortney Mittelsteadt
 Principal Investigator
 (781) 529-0529
 cmittelsteadt@ginerinc.com
Business Contact
 Anthony Vaccaro
Title: President/COO
Phone: (781) 529-0504
Email: avaccaro@ginerinc.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Utilizing high strength polymers with controlled pore dimensions as a support, a customized membrane electrode assembly (MEA) can be generated for NASA's electrolyzer and fuel cell stacks that has optimized electrochemical performance with greatly improved mechanical properties enabling high pressure (>1000 psi) operation. The overall objective is to optimize DSM-based MEAs for a NASA lunar application. This will be accomplished through six tasks; 1. Extending GES's gas crossover and chemical degradation mitigation strategies to DSMs 2. Improving DSM with better ionomer; 3. Optimize the anode; 4. Optimize DSM MEAs for H2/O2 fuel cells. 5. Update GES model for electrolyzer and fuel cell performance. 6. Use model to select optimal DSM for lunar electrolyzer application and generate MEAs for full-size stack.

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