Direct Energy Conversion Fuel Cell Using Ethylene Glycol with Non-Precious Metal Catalysts

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,879.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W911QX-11-C-0074
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
A111-018-0045
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
A11-018
Solicitation Number:
2011.1
Small Business Information
MA, Newton, MA, 02466-1311
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
066594979
Principal Investigator:
Robert McDonald, Ph.D.
Program Manager
(781) 529-0530
rmcdonald@ginerinc.com
Business Contact:
Anthony LaConti, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer
(781) 529-0501
alaconti@ginerinc.com
Research Institute:
Stub




Abstract
The proposed work will evaluate a new class of non-precious metal anode catalysts for Direct Ethylene Glycol Fuel Cells (DEGFC) in practical fuel cell hardware. The influence of catalyst composition and morphology on processing method, and on anode polarization will be investigated. The improved electrooxidation catalysts, together with low membrane cross-over rates and the potential to use very concentrated fuel/water mixes, forms the basis of a liquid feed fuel cell which exceeds the Direct Methanol Fuel Cell specific energy and energy density. The new catalysts incorporate only non-precious metals for reduced cost. Methods will be developed for processing membrane electrode assemblies to incorporate the new catalysts.

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