A Direct Methane Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (DMSOFC)

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX11CG33P
Agency Tracking Number: 104194
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: X8.01
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
TX, College Station, TX, 77840-4023
DUNS: 184758308
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Alan Cisar
 Principal Investigator
 (979) 693-0017
Business Contact
 G. Hisaw
Title: Sr. Contracts Administrator
Phone: (979) 393-9303
Email: renee.hisaw@lynntech.com
Research Institution
Producing return fuel on Mars rather than carrying it from Earth significantly reduces the mass that must be lifted from Earth for a manned mission to Mars. The most practical propulsion combination that can be produced is methane and oxygen. Using propellant components made on Mars to generate electric power on the return voyage further reduces the mass that must be lifted.We are proposing to develop an energy conversion system to utilize the components of this propulsion combination to generate electricity for that voyage. The core of the system will be a direct methane oxygen solid oxide fuel cell (DMSOFC). To enhance conversion efficiency we will use the wasteheat from the fuel cell stack to produce additional electricity before it is radi-ated away. (The combined efficiency of all stages of this system will exceed 70%.) Phase I will select an anode electrocatalyst, demonstrate a single cell fuel cell, select a heat re-covery system, and develop a design for the complete system, which will be built in Phase II.

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