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Company Information:

Name: Proton Energy
Address: 10 Technology Drive
Wallingford, CT 06492-1955
Located in HUBZone: No
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
Phone: (203) 678-2338

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $1,109,531.00 11
SBIR Phase II $5,448,218.00 7
STTR Phase I $450,000.00 3
STTR Phase II $2,499,977.00 3

Award List:

Zero Gravity - PEM Regenerative Fuel Cell Energy Storage System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Trent Molter, VP- Technology & Process Dev.
Award Amount: $69,936.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Trent Molter, VP- Technology & Process Dev.
Award Amount: $0.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Trent Molter, VP- Technology & Process Dev.
Award Amount: $599,110.00

Lightweight Unitized Regenerative Fuel Cell

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Frano Barbir
Award Amount: $69,978.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I program addresses the development of a Proton Exchange Membrane Unitized Regenerative Fuel Cell (PEM URFC) Energy Storage System. The PEM URFC provides all the advantages of a primary fuel cell but can recharge itself from an electrical power supply… More

Lightweight hardware design for regenerative fuel cells

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Frano Barbir, Director of Research
Award Amount: $69,865.00
Abstract:
Proton Energy Systems, Inc., a leader in development of regenerative fuel cells proposes to develop new stack hardware that would significantly reduce the fuel cell stack weight. Particularly, Proton proposes to develop a novel corrugated metal bi-polarplate integrated with flexible gas diffusion… More

Lightweight Unitized Regenerative Fuel Cell

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Frano Barbir, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,161.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase II program addresses the development of a Proton Exchange Membrane Unitized Regenerative Fuel Cell (PEM URFC) stack and system for energy storage. The concepts of reduced cell stack weight, developed in Phase I, will be applied to the concept of static… More

STTR Phase I: Development of High Temperature Membranes for Increased PEM Electrolysis Efficiency

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Research Institution: Pennsylvannia State Univ University Park
Principal Investigator: Kathy Ayers, PhD
Award Amount: $150,000.00
RI Contact: Michael Hickner
Abstract:
This award is funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-5). This Small Business Technology Transfer Phase I Project addresses the efficiency limitations of proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolysis in order to provide a potentially renewable, cost-competitive… More

Application of Rapid Throughput Measurement Techniques to Quantify Catalyst Distribution in Electrolysis MEAs Through Measurement of MEA Thickness Variation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Kathy Ayers, Dr.
Award Amount: $99,952.00
Abstract:
Water electrolysis using proton exchange membrane (PEM) technology is a promising avenue for on-site hydrogen generation for energy and fueling needs. The design relies on the quality of the membrane electrode assembly (MEA) for efficient electrochemical performance. Currently, the MEA is one of… More

Hydrogen by Wire- Home Fueling System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Luke Dalton, Dr.
Award Amount: $99,990.00
Abstract:
One of the challenges associated with transitioning our nation¿s transportation economy to any alternative fuel is the fuel delivery strategy. In the case of hydrogen as a transportation fuel, the network of fueling stations may include a combination of centralized and de-centralized fuel… More

Hydrogen by Wire- Home Fueling System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Luke Dalton, Dr.
Award Amount: $1,000,000.00
Abstract:
One of the challenges associated with transitioning our nation

Low Cost Large Scale PEM Electrolysis for Renewable Energy Storage

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Katherine Ayers, Dr.
Award Amount: $99,876.00
Abstract:
Solar and wind energy are the most likely candidates to meet our future energy needs based on the available capacity. The problem is that these renewable sources are not consistently accessible, and thus storage must be an integral part of the energy solution. Hydrogen generation via proton… More

SBIR Phase I: High Efficiency Electrochemical Compressor Cell to Enable Cost Effective Small-Scale Hydrogen Fuel Production and Recycling

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Kathy Ayers
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
Review Analysis This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project addresses current limitations in hydrogen compression and enables reduction in hydrogen requirements for several applications through recycling of exhaust hydrogen containing water and other benign impurities. This project will… More

STTR Phase II: Development of High Temperature Membranes for Increased PEM Electrolysis Efficiency

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / STTR / Phase II
Agency: NSF
Research Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ University Park
Principal Investigator: Kathy Ayers, MS
Award Amount: $499,977.00
RI Contact:
Abstract:
This Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase II project aims to develop improved membranes for water electrolysis cells, providing a potentially renewable, cost competitive hydrogen source for fueling and backup power applications. Currently, the membrane contributes substantial efficiency… More

Low Cost Large Scale PEM Electrolysis for Renewable Energy Storage

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Katherine Ayers, Dr.
Award Amount: $1,000,000.00
Abstract:
Solar and wind energy are the most likely candidates to meet our future energy needs based on the available capacity. The problem is that these renewable sources are not consistently accessible, and thus storage must be an integral part of the energy solution. Hydrogen generation via proton… More

Economical Production of Hydrogen Through Development of Novel, High Efficiency Electrocatalysts for Alkaline Membrane Electrolysis

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Katherine Ayers, Dr.
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
Efficient, cost effective production of hydrogen from non-carbon based sources is a key barrier to widespread implementation of fuel cells for transportation and stationary power. Ion exchange membrane-based electrolysis is a promising technology for clean generation of pure hydrogen, but… More

SBIR Phase I: Design of a Novel Unitized Regenerative Fuel Cell System Using Advanced Materials for Efficiency Optimization

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Kathy Ayers
Award Amount: $149,934.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project addresses global energy concerns by enabling reduced dependence on energy derived from fossil fuels. A major limitation of many renewable energy sources is the intermittent nature of the source, such as solar or wind. As the percentage… More

SBIR Phase II: High Efficiency Electrochemical Compressor Cell to Enable Cost Effective Small-Scale Hydrogen Fuel Production and Recycling

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Kathy Ayers
Award Amount: $499,960.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase II project addresses current limitations in hydrogen compression and enables reduction in hydrogen requirements for several applications through recycling of exhaust hydrogen containing water and other benign impurities. In Phase 1, feasibility of… More

Low-Noble-Metal-COntent Catalysts/Electrodes for Hydrogen Production by Water Electrolysis

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Research Institution: Brookhaven National Laboratory
Principal Investigator: Katherine Ayers, Dr. – 203-678-2190
Award Amount: $150,000.00
RI Contact:
Abstract:
Efficient, cost effective production of hydrogen from non-carbon based sources is a key barrier to widespread implementation of fuel cells for transportation and stationary power. Electrolysis is a promising technology for clean generation of pure hydrogen from water, but significant advances are… More

Ruggedized PEM Electrolysis Hydrogen Generator for PEPSAE Recharge

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Luke Dalton, Program Manager – (203) 678-2128
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: In this proposal, a ruggedized proton exchange membrane (PEM) hydrogen generator based on Proton"s current laboratory products is proposed as a portable recharger for metal hydride storage canisters. The PEM technology enables simplicity in the fuel logistics stream for support… More

Single Step Manufacturing of Low Catalyst Loading Electrolyzer MEAs

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Research Institution: University of Conneticut School of Engineering
Principal Investigator: Katherine Ayers, Dr.
Award Amount: $150,000.00
RI Contact:
Abstract:
Proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolysis is industrially important as a green source of high purity hydrogen, for chemical applications as well as energy storage. However, the energy required to manufacture these units is still high, due to the multi-step processes employed. Today, the majority… More

Low-Noble-Metal-COntent Catalysts/Electrodes for Hydrogen Production by Water Electrolysis

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / STTR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Research Institution: Brookhaven National Laboratory
Principal Investigator: Katherine Ayers, Dr.
Award Amount: $1,000,000.00
RI Contact:
Abstract:
The economical use of hydrogen as a transportation and stationary power fuel remains a long-term DOE objective. Energy storage applications in Europe such as wind capture and improved biogas conversion efficiency are also driving significant interest in hydrogen production from renewable sources. … More

Economical Production of Hydrogen Through Development of Novel, High Efficiency Electrocatalysts for Alkaline Membrane Electrolysis

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Katherine Ayers, Dr.
Award Amount: $1,000,000.00
Abstract:
Proton OnSite, in collaboration with the Illinois Institute of Technology, proposes development of a low cost, membrane-based hydrogen generator, based on catalyst and membrane materials advancements. Economical and environmentally benign production and storage of hydrogen for energy markets remains… More

Ruggedized PEM Electrolysis Hydrogen Generator for PEPSAE Recharge

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Michael Spaner, Program Manager – (203) 678-2325
Award Amount: $749,987.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: The objective of the proposed project is to develop a compact, lightweight, and robust hydrogen generator for refilling of metal hydride canisters, which will then be used in conjunction with a fuel cell for portable power for medical equipment during airborne transport. The proposed… More

Single Step Manufacturing of Low Catalyst Loading Electrolyzer MEAs

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / STTR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Research Institution: University of Connecticut
Principal Investigator: Katherine Ayers, Dr.
Award Amount: $1,000,000.00
RI Contact:
Abstract:
Proton OnSite manufactures hydrogen generation systems which can be integrated with renewable energy sources to generate hydrogen fuel while producing minimal carbon footprint. This project aims to reduce the energy required to manufacture these units through development of improved electrode… More