NASA SBIR 2004 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER:04-II X6.04-9644
PHASE-I CONTRACT NUMBER: NNC05CA38C
SUBTOPIC TITLE:Vehicle Subsystems
PROPOSAL TITLE:Advanced Product Water Removal and Management (APWR) Fuel Cell System

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Infinity Fuel Cell and Hydrogen, LLC
68 Bridge Street, Suite 115
Suffield ,CT 06078 - 2126
(860) 668 - 1845

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
William, F Smith
wsmith@infinityfuel.com
68 Bridge Street, Suite 115
Suffield, CT  06078 -2126
(860) 668 - 1845

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
The proposed innovation is a passive, self-regulating, gravity-independent Advanced Product Water Removal (APWR) system for Polymer Electrolyte Membrane (PEM) primary fuel cell power plants that improves power plant efficiency and reliability, reduces reactant consumption, cost, weight and volume and simplifies the supporting system requirements in both near-term and advanced missions.
Phase I program single cell test results demonstrated the function and feasibility of the innovation. The APWR power plant study demonstrated reliability, reactant saving, weight and volume saving and scalability improvements relative to both alkaline and conventional PEM power plants. Elimination of the pumps, rotating water separators and other components these conventional systems require saves weight, eliminates parasite power, saves the reactants to produce parasite power and improves reliability. APWR also simplifies the stack saving weight and volume and providing power plant scalability. APWR is based on PEM technology proven in automotive and commercial applications but not applied to space power plants: NASA need not carry the cost burden of developing this technology alone.
The proposed Phase II program will demonstrate the viability of APWR technology at the stack level and establish an Engineering Data Base for power plant and full scale stack designs.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
APWR is a sustainable fuel cell technology with application to a variety of future NASA missions including Advanced Launch System, Lunar Based fixed power, Crew Exploration Vehicle, as well as future Mars and planetary missions where a simple, rugged common power module is required.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
APWR has application to Non-NASA aerospace missions, such as the High Altitude Airship, and commercial applications for backup power, power grid quality and data security improvement. An additional near-term commercial application for APWR technology is in the renewables energy storage market.


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