High Density Solid Hydrogen Storage for Long-Duration Soldier Power

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15P7T-12-C-H203
Agency Tracking Number: A2-4679
Amount: $728,820.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: A10-099
Solicitation Number: 2010.2
Small Business Information
Creare Inc.
P.O. Box 71, Hanover, NH, -
DUNS: 072021041
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michael Izenson
 Principal Engineer
 (603) 643-3800
 mgi@creare.com
Business Contact
 James Barry
Title: President
Phone: (603) 643-3800
Email: contractsmgr@creare.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
Providing power for dismounted soldiers on long-duration missions remains a critical technical challenge. Polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cells convert hydrogen fuel directly to electric power and offer a lightweight and efficient power source for individual soldiers. However, technology for storing the hydrogen fuel is still too heavy to meet the Armys mission requirements. We propose to develop a very lightweight, solid hydrogen fuel cartridge based on ammonia borane (AB). Our innovation is a unique packaging and thermal control system that will produce hydrogen on demand through controlled thermal decomposition of AB. This approach can enable solid hydrogen fuel cartridges for individual soldier power systems that meet the Armys challenging goals for hydrogen storage density. In Phase I we demonstrated the feasibility of our approach by generating hydrogen using a prototypical fuel package and then using data from these tests to design a complete lightweight hydrogen fuel cartridge. In Phase II we will build a complete, prototype hydrogen fuel cartridge and demonstrate its use as a fuel source for a PEM fuel cell.

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