DOD SBIR 24.2 Annual

Active
No
Status
Open
Release Date
April 17th, 2024
Open Date
May 15th, 2024
Due Date(s)
June 12th, 2024
Close Date
June 12th, 2024
Topic No.
N242-070

Topic

Hydrogen Generation Salt-water Electrolysis with Chemical Compression

Agency

Department of DefenseN/A

Program

Type: SBIRPhase: BOTHYear: 2024

Summary

The Department of Defense (DOD) is seeking proposals for the topic of "Hydrogen Generation Salt-water Electrolysis with Chemical Compression" as part of their SBIR 24.2 Annual solicitation. The Navy branch is specifically interested in developing a hydrogen generation system that can produce one to five kg of hydrogen over a 24-hour period in an austere environment using salt water. The system should be stored, transported, and operated in quad-con ISO containers and should be compatible with Onboard Vehicle Power (OVP) and alternative power sources like solar or mobile nuclear power generation. The goal is to deploy these small hydrogen generation units to support the U.S. Marine Corps' Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations (EABO) in locations with limited or no access to energy sources. The system must meet certain threshold requirements, such as producing 1-3 kg of hydrogen over 24 hours and accepting water with up to 60K PPM of Total Dissolved Solids (TDS). It should also be powered by 28 VDC, 208VAC, 3-phase, or 120VAC, single-phase and be transportable via MTVR or JLTV Trailer. The system should comply with applicable MIL-STD 810 and MIL-STD-1472 standards. The solicitation consists of three phases. In Phase I, proposers must develop concepts for the hydrogen generation system and demonstrate their feasibility through material testing and analytical modeling. Phase II involves developing 1-2 prototype systems for evaluation and refinement based on performance goals. The prototypes should reach TRL 6/7 by the end of this phase. In Phase III, the technology will be transitioned for Marine Corps use, and the prototypes should reach TRL 8 after testing. The potential impacts and applications of this technology include fuel cells, automotive applications, alternative energy, home power systems, humanitarian aid, disaster relief, homeland security, and emergency services. The solicitation is currently open, with a release date of April 17, 2024, and a closing date of June 12, 2024. More information can be found on the grants.gov website or the DOD SBIR/STTR Opportunities page.

Description

OUSD (R&E) CRITICAL TECHNOLOGY AREA(S): Advanced Materials; Renewable Energy Generation and Storage

 

OBJECTIVE: Develop a hydrogen generation system that uses salt water to produce one to five kg of hydrogen over a 24-hour period in an austere environment. All components of the system shall be stored, transported, and operated in quad-con ISO containers. The system shall be required to leverage Onboard Vehicle Power (OVP), currently fielded tactical generators, and alternative power sources (e.g., solar or mobile nuclear power generation).

 

DESCRIPTION: As part of its future force modernization efforts, the Marine Corps seeks to deploy small, disaggregated hydrogen generation units to foreign locations where access to energy sources will be limited or unavailable. These units are to specifically support the U.S. Marine Corps’ Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations (EABO), a form of expeditionary warfare that involves the employment of mobile, low-signature, naval expeditionary forces that operate from a series of austere, temporary locations.

 

Definitions:

Systems must meet Threshold requirements = (T)

It is highly desirable that the system meet Objective requirements = (O)

• The system shall produce 1-3 kg (T) or 3-5 kg (O) of Hydrogen over a 24-hour period.

• The system shall accept a water source with up to 60K PPM of Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) (T=O).

• The system will be powered by 28 VDC; 208VAC, 3 -phase; or 120VAC, single-phase (T=O).

• Can fit and be secured in a Quadcon (T) or a JMIC (O) ISO containers.

• The system will be transportable via MTVR or JLTV Trailer (T=O).

• Applicable MIL-STD 810 standards (T=O).

o Hi/Low Temp

o Environmental

o Shock and Vibration

o Transportability

• Applicable MIL-STD-1472 standards (T=O).

o Weight

o Lifting

o Displays

o Alarms

 

PHASE I: Develop concepts for Hydrogen Generation via Salt-water Electrolysis with Chemical Compression that meets the requirements described above. Demonstrate the feasibility of the concepts in meeting Marine Corps requirements. Establish that the concepts can be developed into a useful product for the Marine Corps. Feasibility will be established by material testing and analytical modeling, as appropriate. Provide a Phase II development plan with performance goals and key technical milestones, and that will address technical risk reduction.

 

PHASE II: Develop 1-2 prototype Hydrogen Generation Salt-water Electrolysis with Chemical Compression systems for evaluation to determine their capability in meeting the performance goals defined in the Description above. Demonstrate technology performance through prototype evaluation and modeling over the required range of parameters. Evaluation results will be used to refine the prototype into an initial design that will meet Marine Corps requirements; and for evaluation to determine its effectiveness in an operationally relevant environment approved by the Government. Prepare a Phase III development plan to transition the technology to Marine Corps use. The technology should reach TRL 6/7 at the conclusion of this phase.

 

PHASE III DUAL USE APPLICATIONS: Support the Marine Corps in transitioning the technology for Marine Corps use. Support the Marine Corps for test and validation to certify and qualify the system for Marine Corps use. The prototypes shall by TRL 8 at the conclusion of testing.

Commercial applications may include, but not be limited to: fuel cells, automotive applications, alternative energy, home power systems, humanitarian aid, disaster relief, homeland security, and emergency services.

 

REFERENCES:

Mohammed-Ibrahim, Jamesh. “Recent advances on hydrogen production through seawater electrolysis.” Materials Science for Energy Technologies. Volume 3, 2020, Pp. 780-807
“Advances in Electrochemical Hydrogen Compression and Purification.” Peter Jaime Bouwman. The Electrochemical Society. 2016
Department of Defense. MIL-STD-810H, Environmental Engineering Considerations and Laboratory Tests. 31 January 2019
Dept of Defense. MIL-STD-1472H, Human Engineering. 15 September 2020

 

KEYWORDS: Hydrogen; Electrolysis; Energy; Compression; Water; Electrochemical