Photo-Enhanced Hydrogen Transport Technology for Clean Renewable Electrochemical Energy Systems

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX11CI32P
Agency Tracking Number: 100130
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: T8.03
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Phenom Technologies, Inc
5300 Palmer Lane, Suite 2A, Williamsburg, VA, 23188-2794
DUNS: 962537739
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Gunter Luepke
 Principal Investigator
 (757) 221-1894
Business Contact
 Erik Spahr
Title: President
Phone: (757) 784-4647
Research Institution
 College of William and Mary
 Cynthia Corbett
 Grants&Research Admin.
Williamsburg, VA, 23187-8795
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 Nonprofit college or university
Solid oxide fuel cells and electrolyzers are promising electrochemical devices for space and terrestrial applications due to their high power densities and clean operation. Furthermore, proton-conducting oxides have the potential to allow lower operational temperatures and promote more reliable and longer-lived devicesÂ?both valuable attributes for space applicationsÂ?however, practical devices are not yet realized because of insufficient proton mobility at moderate temperatures. Phenom Technologies, Inc. has identified a new non-thermal technique to dramatically enhance the mobility of protons in solid oxides using resonant infrared irradiation to excite molecular O-H vibrations in the material. In our earlier work, we have shown that this photo-enhanced hydrogen transport effect can increase the proton diffusion rate in solid oxides by nine orders of magnitude. In this Phase I STTR proposal, we will build on our established research to complete a proof of concept study and lay the foundation for Phase II prototype development of a "photo-enhanced" solid oxide electrolyte for fuel cells and electrolyzers. This study will address NASA's need for more reliable and efficient solid oxide electrochemical components for clean renewable energy systems.

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