NASA SBIR 2015 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 15-1 S3.06-9407
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Terrestrial and Planetary Balloons
PROPOSAL TITLE: Advanced Onboard Energy Storage Solution for Balloons

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
ElectroChem, Inc.
400 West Cummings Park
Woburn, MA 01801 - 6396
(781) 938-5300

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dr Michael Pien
mpien@fuelcell.com
400 West Cummings Park
Woburn, MA 01801 - 6396
(781) 938-5300

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dr. Radha Jalan
rjalan@fuelcell.com
400 West Cummings Park
Woburn, MA 01801 - 6396
(781) 938-5300

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

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Terrestrial and Planetary Balloons is a Technology Available (TAV) subtopic that includes NASA Intellectual Property (IP). Do you plan to use the NASA IP under the award?
No

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
Advanced Balloon Programs at NASA are looking for a potential 100 day missions at mid-altitudes. These balloons would be powered by solar panels to take advantage of the power generated by sun. But during these long duration flights there is a potential of having 12 hours or more of darkness. It becomes critical that there is an energy system on board which can take advantage of excess solar power and store it for the use during darkness. Since these are mid-altitude space crafts, the weight, reliability, and safety are all important criteria for selecting the right technical solution.

In the Phase I project, we propose to use a novel Regenerative Fuel Cell (RFC) system combing non-flow-through fuel cell stacks based on ElectroChem's patented Integrated Flow Field (IFF) design and static-feed electrolyzers. This novel RFC system passively moves water and gas flow in a closed cycle and promises an advanced system to be compatible for gravity independent operation and significantly minimize the needs of ancillary components and parasitic power. This RFC system provides the solution on the system level to reach high system specific energy density by elimination of BOP components and reach 400 to 450wh/kg

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Along with Terrestrial and Planetary Balloons missions, the technology can be used for the International Space Station (ISS), ECLSS, and ISRU systems, and for on-board power for various launch vehicles to surface electrical energy storage. Our innovative Integrative Flow Field (IFF) technology promises to support the performance, reliability, and safety requirements of these applications.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
This system is appropriate for any demanding air-independent environment where compact and reliable performance is required including the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and unmanned underwater vehicles (UUV). The RFC systems could be used for backup power, remote power, and residential off-grid electrical power. Commercial applications include both primary and regenerative fuel cell power systems. Primary PEM fuel cell applications include aircraft power, telecommunications industry, electric power industry, business computer networks, airplane manufacturers, and homeowners.

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.)
Aerodynamics
Airship/Lighter-than-Air Craft
Conversion
Distribution/Management
Fuels/Propellants
Generation
Passive Systems
Sources (Renewable, Nonrenewable)
Storage
Thermal

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