A Direct Methane Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (DMSOFC)

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Amount:
$100,000.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
NNX11CG33P
Solitcitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
2011
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
104194
Solicitation Topic Code:
X8.01
Small Business Information
Lynntech, Inc.
TX, College Station, TX, 77840-4023
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
184758308
Principal Investigator
 Alan Cisar
 Principal Investigator
 (979) 693-0017
 alan.cisar@lynntech.com
Business Contact
 G. Hisaw
Title: Sr. Contracts Administrator
Phone: (979) 393-9303
Email: renee.hisaw@lynntech.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
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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