Hydrogen Recovery System

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX11CC74C
Agency Tracking Number: 090094
Amount: $749,937.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: T10.01
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
CT, Glastonbury, CT, 06033-2336
DUNS: 795426746
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Trent Molter
 Principal Investigator
 (860) 860-9690
Business Contact
 Trent Molter
Title: Business Official
Phone: (860) 860-9690
Email: trent.molter@sustainableinnov.com
Research Institution
 The University of Connecticut
 Antje Harnisch
 438 Whitney Road Ext. Unit 1133
Storrs, CT, 06269-06269
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 Domestic nonprofit research organization
Rocket test operations at NASA Stennis Space Center (SSC) result in substantial quantities of hydrogen gas that is flared from the facility and helium gas that is vented. One way to save on the cost of test operations is to recover these gases using an electrochemical system. This Hydrogen Recovery System (HRS) selectively removes hydrogen from the mixed stream, leaving behind high-value helium. The system then removes residual water vapor from this helium and compresses it to commercial storage pressure. The heart of the HRS is a system platform under commercial development by Sustainable Innovations, termed H2RENEW<SUP>TM</SUP>, an electrochemical system package that separates and compresses hydrogen using Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) technology. The system being developed in this Phase II STTR program targets a hydrogen removal rate of 1.77 scfm, an outlet hydrogen pressure of 200 psi, and a product helium pressure of 2,000?2,500 psi. This system leverages a robust novel Expandable Modular Architecture (EMA) electrochemical cell stack that is capable of being constructed with a very large production capacity and high operating pressure.

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