Long-Life MEAs and Catalysts for PEM Electrolyzers/Fuel Cells

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX12CE73P
Agency Tracking Number: 114145
Amount: $124,956.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solitcitation Year: 2011
Solitcitation Topic Code: X8.01
Solitcitation Number: N/A
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
 Jason Willey
 Principal Investigator
 (781) 529-0523
 jwilley@ginerinc.com
Business Contact
 Anthony Vaccaro
Title: President/COO
Phone: (781) 529-0504
Email: avaccaro@ginerinc.com
Research Institution
 Stub
Abstract
Nanostructured Thin Films (NSTF), used as substrates for catalysts, have proven to be highly active for oxygen reduction in fuel cells. This improvement in activity is expected to transfer to electrolyzer technology as the NSTF substrate layer, with a ruthenium oxide based catalyst, is used for oxygen evolution. Slow anode kinetics in electrolysis provide the bulk of the cell overpotential. An increase in anode catalyst activity and decrease in mass-transfer effects, as seen with the thin NSTF catalyst layers and ruthenium oxide based catalysts, would mean an increase in overall efficiency for the electrolyzer systems. In fuel cells, the catalyst layer thickness has been reduced by a factor of 20 compared to the state of the art, and specific activity has increased by an order of magnitude. An additional benefit is that the substrate manufacture, catalyst coating and MEA production are done via a roll-good process, ensuring consistency of product for high reliability.

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