Hydrogen Supply System for Small PEM Fuel Cell Stacks

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Office of the Secretary of Defense
Amount:
$99,725.00
Award Year:
1996
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
32591
Agency Tracking Number:
32591
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
268 Summer Street, Boston, MA, 02210
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
David P. Bloomfield
(617) 542-6352
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
To Operate effectively, PEM small fuel cells stacks need a chemical hydride hydrogen generator. The chemical hydride digital reactor suggested in the proposed program will provide about 2.5 kWH of energy in a5 pound package.--almost three times the energy density of a BA5590 battery. Studies and experiments will be conducted with special consideration of safety, heat release, parasite power consumption, and minimizing non-fuel weight. Specifically, the digital reactor development program will include the following objectives: Characterize the heat release of chemical hydrides from a digital reactor as a function of pellet composition and the use of accelerators and thermal sinks. Optimize pellet initiation from a cost and reliability standpoint. Minimize power consumption and non-fuel weight in the system Define a thermal management system which emphasizes safe operation of the hydrogen generation system Define the control logic for the digital reactor. Demonstrate how a 2.5 kWH, 5 pound, $1,000 system can be made. About half the cost should be a non-recurring cost.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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