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

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-11-C-0207
Agency Tracking Number: A111-022-1046
Amount: $149,998.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: A11-022
Solicitation Number: 2011.1
Small Business Information
10401 TREMONT LN, fishers, IN, -
DUNS: 126484505
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Rongrong Chen
 (317) 460-7934
Business Contact
 Andrew Hsu
Title: COO
Phone: (317) 460-6341
Research Institution
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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