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Microchannel Reactor with Low Oxygen Consumption For Highly Efficient Hydrogen…

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Department of Defense
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2004 / STTR
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Small Business Information
InnovaTek, Inc.
3100 George Washington Way Suite 108 Richland, WA 99354-1663
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: Microchannel Reactor with Low Oxygen Consumption For Highly Efficient Hydrogen Production from Liquid Hydrocarbons
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-04-M-0301
Award Amount: $69,998.00


InnovaTek will determine the feasibility of combining microchannel prereformer and reformer reactors with microchannel heat exchangers into a single novel component for advanced fuel processing in undersea vehicles. The unique design of the proposed integrated system is characterized by very high internal surface areas for heat exchange and a high proportion of internal flow channels for the catalytic reaction but with greatly reduced system volume. This innovative approach will improve thermal efficiency and resource utilization (principally fuel and oxygen) by reducing the amount of steam required for the reforming reaction and minimizing flow paths, piping, valves and component surfaces that can produce external sources of heat loss. Through computational modeling, the University of Florida will provide the critical numerical simulations of heat transfer, mass transfer, and kinetic reaction rates in microchannels, required to design the architecture and select the materials for the integrated components. Those simulation results will be validated and refined from experimental data generated using InnovaTek's microchannel reactors and heat exchangers. The key deliverable from Phase 1 is a feasibility assessment of the approach and a preliminary design that will form the basis for a detailed system design and cost estimate (Phase 1 Option).

Principal Investigator:

Jeffrey B. Harrison
Director Sustainable Power

Business Contact:

Patricia Irving
Small Business Information at Submission:

350 Hills Street, Suite 104 Richland, WA 99352

EIN/Tax ID: 911877246
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
University of Florida
336 MEB, PO Box 116300
Gainesville, FL 32611
Contact: Jacob Chung
Contact Phone: (352) 392-9607
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university