Borazane Hydrogen Generator for Portable Fuel Cells

Period of Performance: 12/10/2005 - 05/09/2006


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Creare, Inc.
16 Great Hollow Road Array
Hanover, NH 03755
Principal Investigator


Polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cells convert hydrogen fuel directly to electric power and offer a lightweight and efficient power source for individual soldiers. However, technology for storing the hydrogen fuel is still too heavy to meet the Army's mission requirements. We propose to develop a very lightweight hydrogen generator based on borazane (H3NBH3). Our innovation is a unique packaging and thermal control system that will produce hydrogen on demand through controlled thermal decomposition of borazane. This approach can enable individual soldier power systems to meet the Army's challenging goals for energy density (1000 W-hr/kg). In Phase I we will prove feasibility through proof-of-concept testing and system design.