NASA SBIR 2011 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 11-1 O3.03-9856
SUBTOPIC TITLE: ISS Demonstration & Development of Improved Exploration Technologies
PROPOSAL TITLE: Dead-Ended Passive Electrolyzer with Elimination of Vapor/Liquid Separation for Life Support Oxygen

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Giner Electrochemical Systems, LLC
89 Rumford Avenue
Newton, MA 02466 - 1311
(781) 529-0500

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

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 3
End: 4

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
Giner Electrochemical Systems, GES, has developed an advanced static vapor feed electrolyzer that has greatly simplified operation compared to traditional electrolyzers. The vapor feed results in sub-saturated product gases which eliminates the need for gas/liquid separation and for the ISS allows direct egress of the product oxygen into the cabin.

The objective of the Phase 1 proposal would be to build a 15 cell static vapor feed electrolyzer stack capable of providing enough oxygen for 1 astronaut (1.8 lbs/day). Subsequently the stack will be operated with frequent start/stop interruption for 1000 h. In a follow on Phase II study a second stack will be delivered to Hamilton Sundstrand for testing at their facility and for preparation into a flight article. The Phase I objective would be completed by the following tasks:
1. Endurance testing of a 5 cell stack to 1000 hours.
2. Prepare a test stand for evaluation of a full 15 cell stack.
3. Build and evaluate a full 15 cell stack (Capable of generating 1.8 lb O2/day, enough for one astronaut)
4. Test the 15 cell stack for 1000 hours.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Life support oxygen. Energy Storage. 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, Naval electrolyzers, energy storage, load-leveling for renewables.

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING (NASA's technology taxonomy has been developed by the SBIR-STTR program to disseminate awareness of proposed and awarded R/R&D in the agency. It is a listing of over 100 technologies, sorted into broad categories, of interest to NASA.)
Essential Life Resources (Oxygen, Water, Nutrients)
Sources (Renewable, Nonrenewable)

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