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Microchannel Reactor with Low Oxygen Consumption For Highly Efficient Hydrogen…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
70472
Program Year/Program:
2006 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
N045-034-0243
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
InnovaTek, Inc.
3100 George Washington Way Suite 108 Richland, WA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Microchannel Reactor with Low Oxygen Consumption For Highly Efficient Hydrogen Production from Liquid Hydrocarbons
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-06-C-0057
Award Amount: $599,983.00
 

Abstract:

The Navy deploys unmanned undersea vehicles (UUVs) as underwater scouts and navigation aids. Future UUVs must operate autonomously to collect, analyze, and transmit intelligence to the host ship. Powering autonomous underwater robots for long-endurance missions is among the toughest problems the Navy faces in deploying future systems because batteries generally fall short on range and stamina. Because of their high energy density and efficiency, fuel cells offer a viable option for meeting the expanded mission energy requirements, while simultaneously reducing the host vessel logistics burden if the hydrogen and oxygen fuel supply can be stored in a high energy density format. Since current hydrogen storage technologies cannot offer sufficient capacity for long duration missions, the application of hydrocarbon-based fuel reforming is an attractive solution. InnovaTek's technology produces hydrogen from high energy density hydrocarbons in a compact, light weight and efficient system. Through the incorporation of micro-channel technology for the reforming reactor and heat exchanger components and the use of a proprietary catalyst, InnovaTek's proposed system minimizes oxygen and fuel consumption. In addition, microchannel systems are characterized by capacities for high heat and mass transfer, fast startup, and responsiveness to changes in operating requirements, thus meeting the requirements for UUV power.

Principal Investigator:

Patricia Irving
CEO
5093751093
irving@tekkie.com

Business Contact:

Kathryn Rightor
CFO
5093751093
kathy@tekkie.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

INNOVATEK, INC.
350 Hills Street Suite 104 Richland, WA 99354

EIN/Tax ID: 911877246
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
UNIV. OF FLORIDA
Dept. Mechanical Engineering
343 Weil Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611
Contact: Roslyn S. Oleson
Contact Phone: (352) 392-9447
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university