Regenerable Contaminant Removal System

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Amount:
$99,984.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
NNX11CG43P
Solitcitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
2011
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
104689
Solicitation Topic Code:
X1.02
Small Business Information
Pioneer Astronautics
CO, Lakewood, CO, 80215-5516
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
120561456
Principal Investigator
 Mark Berggren
 Principal Investigator
 (303) 980-0231
 mberggren@pioneerastro.com
Business Contact
 Robert Zubrin
Title: Business Official
Phone: (303) 980-0890
Email: zubrin@aol.com
Research Institution
 Stub
Abstract
The Regenerable Contaminant Removal System (RCRS) is an innovative method to remove sulfur and halide compounds from contaminated gas streams to part-per-billion levels in support of lunar oxygen production. A series of high efficiency sorbents sequentially removes contaminants at temperatures above dew point. Sorbents are regenerated, and contaminants are recovered in concentrated form. The RCRS is installed downstream from lunar soil reduction reactors to protect hardware from corrosion, to protect catalysts from poisoning, and to reduce the load on aqueous contaminant removal processes used in advance of electrolysis. Custom, high-porosity, high-capacity sorbents are used to minimize sorbent mass and sorption reactor volume while also minimizing process pressure drop. Sorption reactor volumes are small compared to the volume of soil reduction reactors. High porosity and sorbent durability are imparted through the use of organic and inorganic fillers and binders during manufacture of the sorbents. The RCRS imposes very little parasitic load on ISRU oxygen recovery systems during the course of sorbent regeneration and recovery of contaminant byproducts. The basic RCRS process can be tailored to provide contaminant removal for a wide range of reducing gas compositions.

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