A concept has been developed at Johnson Space Center for a new fuel cell individual-cell-voltage monitor that can be directly connected to a multi-cell fuel cell stack for direct substack power provisioning.
Polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells can be used for portable power sources. At room temperature, the new membranes developed at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) outperformed commercially available membranes by a large margin.
Phantom Eye unmanned airborne system (UAS) completed its first autonomous flight June 1 at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.
NASA's newest and greenest building, Sustainability Base, located at Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California, features fuel cell use and innovative energy-saving techniques. Arch Daily has more on the architectural and technical details.
NASA and Cleveland regional Transit Authority collaborate to set up a hydrogen-fueling station and test hydrogen-fueled buses.
Cella, in a five-year Space Act Agreement with NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla., will research and develop its micro-bead technology with a view toward use as a fuel in cars, spacesuits, portable electronics, and eventually in fuel-cell engines.
Kennedy Space Center, Fla., Polymer Science and Technology Laboratory advances hydrogen leak-detection technology with its work on hydrogen-sensing tape, which has been used to test for leaks during loading of the fuel cells onto shuttles.
The hydrogen-powered Boeing Phantom Eye completed 12 days of ground vibration and structural mode interaction tests at DFRC in June 2011. Check out visit of Star Trek star to DFRC and Phantom Eye.
KSC will be one of the sites for British company Cella Energy Limited's development of low-cost hydrogen energy storage.
NASA awarded $1.35 million first prize in the 2011 CAFE Green Flight Challenge, where electric, biofueled and hybrid-powered aircraft vied to be the most fuel-efficient small aircraft in the world. The awards ceremony and exposition of the competing aircraft was held Oct. 3, 2011, at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.