NASA STTR 2009 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 09-1 T10.01-9906
PROPOSAL TITLE: Hydrogen Recovery System

NAME: Sustainable Innovations, LLC NAME: The University of Connecticut
STREET: 160 Oak St. STREET: 438 Whitney Road Extension, Unit 1133
CITY: Glastonbury CITY: Storrs
STATE/ZIP: CT  06033 - 2336 STATE/ZIP: CT  06269 - 1133
PHONE: (860) 652-9690 PHONE: (860) 486-3622

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Trent Molter
160 Oak St.
Glastonbury, CT 06033 - 2336
(860) 652-9690

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

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
Liquid hydrogen is used extensively by NASA to support cryogenic rocket testing. In addition, there are many commercial applications in which delivery and use of cryogenic hydrogen is more economical than gaseous hydrogen. Unfortunately, loss of hydrogen resulting from boiloff can both increase the cost of the end product and create safety concerns. Sustainable Innovations and its teammates, The University of Connecticut and FuelCell Energy, Inc., are developing a highly efficient Hydrogen Recovery System (HRS) based on an electrochemical process that converts cool, gaseous hydrogen to pure, high pressure hydrogen that can be stored for subsequent use. We anticipate that this can bring significant cost savings to NASA's rocket test facilities, and open up exciting new avenues for product commercialization.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
NASA currently uses large amounts of cryogenic hydrogen to support cryogenic rocket testing. Much of this hydrogen is lost during the test process due to boil-off resulting from heat transferred into the equipment. Recovery and recycle of this hydrogen can provide a significant cost savings for NASA's test facilities. In addition, regenerative fuel cells are being examined as a potentially viable technology for energy storage in both space vehicles and planetary/lunar bases. The ability to efficiently store gaseous hydrogen is a critical capability in this application. The technology being developed as part of the HRS can be instrumental in assisting with this energy storage requirement.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Large amounts of cryogenic hydrogen are utilized in high-volume merchant hydrogen applications. Hydrogen boiloff is a critical cost and safety factor for each of these applications. The development of a means of capturing and recycling this hydrogen in the form of a high pressure, storable gas can yield significant economic benefits to the end user.

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.

Energy Storage
In-situ Resource Utilization
Propellant Storage
Renewable Energy
Testing Facilities

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