Development of a Direct Ethanol Fuel Cell System with Anion Exchange Membranes

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$149,998.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W911NF-11-C-0207
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
A111-022-1046
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
A11-022
Solicitation Number:
2011.1
Small Business Information
10401 TREMONT LN, fishers, IN, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
126484505
Principal Investigator:
Rongrong Chen
Owner
(317) 460-7934
rochen@iupui.edu
Business Contact:
Andrew Hsu
COO
(317) 460-6341
andrew.hsu@wright.edu
Research Institute:
Stub




Abstract
The proposed project will develop a direct ethanol fuel cell (DEFC) system based on our recent research breakthroughs in non-platinum catalysts, alkaline ionomers, and anion-exchange-membranes. The AEM-DEFC system will have several advantages, including (1) non-Pt catalysts with ethanol tolerance can be used in the cathodes of the DEFCs; (2) concentrated ethanol solutions can be used in the DEFCs; (3) higher power capacity and better durability than the PEM-DMFC system. US Military Forces have great needs for long lasting power sources and the proposed DEFC technology has several advantages for military applications, including lower weight, better safety, shorter down time (no recharging time, unlike secondary batteries), and lower heat signature (as compared to combustion engines). It also overcomes most of the difficulties of the existing PEM-DMFC technologies.

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