NASA SBIR 2007 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 07-2 X8.01-9737
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Fuel Cells for Surface Systems
PROPOSAL TITLE: Dimensionally Stable Membrane for High Pressure Electrolyzers

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Giner Electrochemical Systems, LLC
89 Rumford Avenue
Newton, MA 02466 - 1311
(781) 529-0504

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Cortney K. Mittelsteadt
89 Rumford Avenue
Newton, MA 02466 - 1311
(781) 529-0529

Expected Technology Readiness Level (TRL) upon completion of contract: 5

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
Utilizing high strength polymers with controlled pore dimensions as a support, a customized membrane electrode assembly (MEA) can be generated for NASA's electrolyzer and fuel cell stacks that has optimized electrochemical performance with greatly improved mechanical properties enabling high pressure (>1000 psi) operation. The overall objective is to optimize DSM-based MEAs for a NASA lunar application. This will be accomplished through six tasks; 1. Extending GES's gas crossover and chemical degradation mitigation strategies to DSMs 2. Improving DSM with better ionomer; 3. Optimize the anode; 4. Optimize DSM MEAs for H2/O2 fuel cells. 5. Update GES model for electrolyzer and fuel cell performance. 6. Use model to select optimal DSM for lunar electrolyzer application and generate MEAs for full-size stack.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Lunar and space stations, satellites, high altitude aircraft

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Fuel cell vehicles, hydrogen filling stations, chlor-alkali process

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