6 CFM Electrochemical Hydrogen Pump and Compressor

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX11CF97P
Agency Tracking Number: 105306
Amount: $99,880.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: X1.02
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
 William McPhee
 Principal Investigator
 (860) 652-9690
Business Contact
 Trent Molter
Title: Business Official
Phone: (860) 652-9690
Email: trent.molter@sustainableinnov.com
Research Institution
Hydrogen is an essential resource for space missions. NASA has a need for equipment to generate, handle and store hydrogen. In terms of handling hydrogen, conventional rotating mechanical pumps and compressors require extensive modification and have limited reliability. Electrochemical pumping and compression of hydrogen occurs without any moving parts and is highly reliable and efficient. Sustainable Innovations has demonstrated up to 6,000 psi of compression using electrochemical cell hardware.However, for high flow applications, such as a 6 CFM hydrogen pump for NASA, a departure from traditional electrochemical cell hardware designs is needed. The proposed Expandable Modular Architecture cell design, allows a large variable footprint for the electrochemical stack. This is achieved using modular cell parts to create large active area cells. The modular parts are inexpensive to manufacture and can achieve the high tolerances need for large active area cells. The proposed Phase I activity will demonstrate a single cell Electrochemical Hydrogen Pump & Compressor (EHPC) using the EMA design to validate the modularity of the cell components. The ability to stack large active area cells will also be demonstrated with a four cell EHPC. For both pieces of cell hardware, cycling a pneumatic device will be demonstrated. A manufacturing study will also be undertaken to validate the compatibility of the EMA design with cost reduction pathways. This will facilitate establishing the design criteria for a 3-4 CFMÂ? 1,000 psi EHPC to be constructed on Phase II

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