A NOVEL OXYGEN SEPARATION AND STORAGE APPARATUS FOR UNDERWATER AND HIGH ALTITUDE FUEL CELL APPLICATIONS

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$749,212.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W911NF-11-C-0035
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
A2-4152
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
A08-T011
Solicitation Number:
2008.A
Small Business Information
2055 Albany Post Rd., Suite AT-6, Croton-on-Hudson, NY, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
605406706
Principal Investigator:
Lin-Feng Li
President and CTO
(914) 290-6293
crotonlfli@netzero.com
Business Contact:
Lin-Feng Li
President and CTO
(914) 290-6293
crotonlfli@netzero.com
Research Institute:
University of Cincinnati
Dee Douglas
University Hall, Suite 530
51 Goodman Dr., PO Box 210222
Cincinnati, OH, 45221-0222
(513) 556-2870
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
U.S. Military operations have come to depend more and more on unmanned vehicles (unmanned undersea vehicles UUVs and unmanned air vehicles UAVs) to carry out numerous missions. However, the transit distance for many of these missions is often well limited by the energy storage capacity of their power systems. Fuel cell, particularly SOFC that can be fed directly with reformate, looks promising. Conventional oxygen supply takes up a lot of volume (up to 40%). To solve this problem, one has to figure out a way to utilize the on-site oxygen resource. To separate oxygen from water, gill-swim bladder system constitutes an ideal model. Following this principle, Enogetek and University of Cincinnati have conducted extensive investigations into solutions to those problems in the Phase I program. A novel high selectivity, high efficient oxygen separation technology is developed and demonstrated. In the phase II program, we are going to further develop the technology. By the end of the program, we expect a compact, high energy efficient oxygen separation and storage device will be developed with the following features, 1) low cost; 2) low power consumption; 3) high oxygen flux and 4) robust and compact. Therefore, once developed, it could meet the requirement of this solicitation.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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