Accession Number : AD1007683

Title :   An Energy Dense-AI-NaBH4-PEMFC Based Power Generator for Unmanned Undersea Vehicles

Descriptive Note : Technical Report,28 Jan 2013,31 Dec 2015

Corporate Author : University of Central Florida/Florida Solar Energy Center Orlando United States

Personal Author(s) : Muradov, Nazim

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Report Date : 01 Mar 2016

Pagination or Media Count : 47

Abstract : The main objective of this work is to develop a high-energy density air-independent power generator for UUVs based on a combination of polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) with a compact hydrogen generator utilizing AI-NaBH4 composite fuel. The conditions for the energy-dense and stable storage of NaBH4 slurries and dense solutions forthe extended period of time (6 months and longer) with minimal degradation rate (0.05-0.35% per month) have been determined. The effect of seawater on the kinetics of NaBH4 and AI-NaBH4 hydrolysis has been elucidated. Seawater minerals (especially, Mi+) showed catalytic effect on NaBH4 hydrolysis. The catalytic effect of AI hydrolysis products on the NaBH4 hydrolysis was studied. Continuous stable production of a stream of high-purity(99.999%, w/out water vapor) hydrogen by AI-NaBH4 hydrolysis in water and seawater at the temperature range of 90C has been demonstrated. A breadboard power generation unit consisting of NaBH4 delivery system, AI-NaBH4 hydrolysis reactor and PEMFC has been designed, assembled and performance tested. The unit's performance was comparable to that of PEMFC powered by high-purity H2 from a tank, which points to the high efficiency of the developed power generation system.

Descriptors :   unmanned , underwater vehicles , generators , polymer electrolyte fuel cells , sea water , hydrolysis , catalytic oxidation

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE