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Center Innovation Fund: KSC CIF

Electrochemical Hydrogen Refrigerator

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Electrochemical Hydrogen Refrigerator
The goal is to develop and test a 1 W at 20K Joule‐Thomson cryocooler using an electrochemical compressor. A Joule Thomson refrigerator based on electrochemical hydrogen compression (EHC) offers many benefits, including: • Hydrogen has superior refrigerant properties than helium • Hydrogen offers isothermal heat exchanger between 15K -30K • EHC uses DC power, easy to integrate • EHC has no moving parts: low maintenance & easy to fabricate • EHC requires no lubrication, no oil separator systems • EHC architecture has commonality w\ fuel cells and electrolyzer More »

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