Status Report

NASA JSC Hydrogen and Hydrocarbon Air Independent Fuel Cells

By SpaceRef Editor
January 13, 2014
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Synopsis – Jan 13, 2014

Statement of Interest Form – Posted on Jan 13, 2014 

General Information

    Solicitation Number: NNJ14ZBH025L

    Posted Date: Jan 13, 2014

    FedBizOpps Posted Date: Jan 13, 2014

    Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action: No

    Original Response Date: Mar 17, 2014

    Current Response Date: Apr 11, 2014

    Classification Code: A — Research and Development

    NAICS Code: 335911


Contracting Office Address

NASA/Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, Houston Texas, 77058-3696, Mail Code: BH


The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Johnson Space Center (JSC) is seeking parties interested in collaborative development and mature technologies required for NASA’s future missions and to enhance life on Earth. JSC is looking to partner on the development of broadly applicable technologies as a means to accelerate technology development and strengthen commercialization of federally-funded research and development.


JSC is seeking partners to further Hydrogen and Hydrocarbon, Air -Independent Fuel Cells technology. NASA JSC has a long history in the development of fuel cell systems using pure oxygen as the oxidant and pure hydrogen as the fuel. Such a system was the primary power source for the Space Shuttle Orbiter. Along with spacecraft applications, these solutions could enhance mission capability in remotely operated subsea vehicles independent of surface power sources.


For future spacecraft power, NASA will require air-independent fuel cells and plans to push this technology in three directions: (1) higher reliability, (2) higher-temperature heat rejection, and (3) efficient use of fuel from reformed hydrocarbons. Potential solutions for the first requirement include “dead-headed” fuel cells of any chemistry, which have no active components for reactant management in the balance-of-plant. Potential solutions for the other two requirements center on solid oxide fuel cell chemistries. These chemistries can operate above 800 oC, which can minimize the mass of heat rejection radiators, and can utilize both carbon monoxide and hydrogen as fuel, thus minimizing the stages required to reform hydrocarbon fuel sources.

R&D Status:

JSC has been working in collaboration with the US Navy to conduct testing programs and understand the system integration issues associated with potential solutions.

Intellectual Property (IP): This Partner relationship may produce new IP that could be jointly owned by NASA and the partner or may become the property of the partner.

This announcement is not to be construed as a Request for Proposal and is not a commitment by the government, nor will the government pay for any information provided. Since this is an Announcement, no evaluation letters or results will be issued to the respondents.

Please submit a Statement of Interest Form to Mark Dillard

To view all Co-Development and Partnering Opportunities with the NASA Johnson Space Center please visit our website

Point of Contact

    Name: Mark A. Dillard

    Title: Lead Partnership Development Office Integration

    Phone: 281-244-8460

    Fax: 281-483-4146


    Name: Dana Altmon-Cary

    Title: Contracting Officer

    Phone: 281-483-8228

    Fax: 281-483-4066



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