Reactive-Separator Process Unit for Lunar Regolith

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$599,989.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNX10CA44C
Award Id:
90615
Agency Tracking Number:
084731
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
X3
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
2 Park Drive, Unit 4, Westford, MA, 01886
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
101061500
Principal Investigator:
Michael Kimble
Principal Investigator
(978) 692-4664
mkimble@reactive-innovations.com
Business Contact:
Michael Kimble
Business Official
(978) 692-4664
mkimble@reactive-innovations.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
NASA's plans for a lunar habitation outpost call out for process technologies to separate hydrogen sulfide and sulfur dioxide gases from regolith product gas streams. A low-pressure drop separation unit is needed to remove these sulfur compounds from regolith process streams that is compact and lightweight. To this end, Reactive Innovations, LLC proposes a Phase II SBIR program to continue the development of an electrochemical reactive-separation unit to selectively bind and remove the sulfur compounds into a separated stream of sulfur-based compounds. During the Phase I program, we developed and successfully demonstrated an electrochemical reactive-separation platform that binds sulfur compounds via a charge transfer process to a redox carrier that is subsequently transported across a membrane separator releasing the sulfur components. The Phase II program will continue to develop the membrane electrode assemble to improve the separation process as well as transition this technology to RIL's advanced reactor platform for more extensive testing. The Phase I effort has brought this lunar regolith reactive-separator unit to a Technology Readiness Level of 3. The Phase II program will deliver an operational prototype at a TRL of 4-5.

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