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

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911QX-11-C-0074
Agency Tracking Number: A111-018-0045
Amount: $99,879.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: A11-018
Solicitation Number: 2011.1
Small Business Information
Giner, Inc.
MA, Newton, MA, 02466-1311
DUNS: 066594979
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Robert McDonald, Ph.D.
 Program Manager
 (781) 529-0530
 rmcdonald@ginerinc.com
Business Contact
 Anthony LaConti, Ph.D.
Title: Chief Executive Officer
Phone: (781) 529-0501
Email: alaconti@ginerinc.com
Research Institution
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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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