Compact, Lightweight, Power-Dense, Integrated Fuel Cell System
Navy SBIR FY2018.1


Sol No.: Navy SBIR FY2018.1
Topic No.: N181-013
Topic Title: Compact, Lightweight, Power-Dense, Integrated Fuel Cell System
Proposal No.: N181-013-0561
Firm: Infinity Fuel Cell and Hydrogen, Inc.
431A Hayden Station Road
Windsor, Connecticut 6095
Contact: William Smith
Phone: (860) 688-6500
Web Site: http://www.infinityfuel.com
Abstract: A need exists for a power-and-energy dense, lightweight modular Integrated Fuel Cell System, IFCS, able to operate with available aviation fuels. The proposed Phase I effort initiates the development of an IFCS based on Infinityƒ?Ts current generation modular fuel cells integrated with advanced state-of-the art reformer technology. The goal of this effort is to develop the conceptual design, analysis and development plans leading to a market-viable liquid fueled IFCS. The Infinity IFCS will incorporate the operational advantages of its lightweight, rugged Proton Exchange Membrane fuel cells with the fuel flexibility and extended operational capability provided by advanced reformer technology.
Benefits: Successful development of a liquid fueled IFCS for unmanned power and propulsion can amplify the considerable operational and maintenance benefits of a fuel cell powered vehicle. The higher efficiency of the IFCS provides extended operating capability, more time on mission and greater lift capability for the same amount of fuel as compared to either internal combustion engines or battery powered vehicles. In addition, the quiet, low vibration nature of the system reduces the operating signature of the vehicle, enhancing stealth capability. The higher efficiency and increased reliability translate to reduced maintenance costs as compared to internal combustion engines providing an overall lower total cost of ownership. These benefits, particularly cost of ownership, are directly applicable to a wide range of commercial markets.

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