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Development of a Thermally and Electrically Self-Sustaining Hydrogen Generation…

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Department of Energy
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2008 / SBIR
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Materials & Systems Research, Inc.
5395 West 700 South  Salt Lake City , UT -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
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Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Development of a Thermally and Electrically Self-Sustaining Hydrogen Generation System Directly Using Petcoke
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG02-08ER85121
Award Amount: $99,582.00


This project aims to develop an advanced, thermally and electrically self-sustaining hydrogen generation system for small petroleum refineries application. The hydrogen generation system involves the development of a viable means for converting the chemical energy of petcoke to hydrogen at a low cost and high efficiency. The approach involves the development and construction of tubular solid oxide fuel cells and solid oxide fuel-assisted electrolysis cells. Cathode characteristics will be modified by a unique process to increase the electrochemical reaction sites. In Phase I, a petcoke reactor will be built and characterized by measuring petcoke-derived fuel compositions at different operating conditions. In Phase II, a hydrogen generation system providing 200~300 watts electricity will be built and experimentally tested. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: The technology is expected to provide the following benefits: (1) an electrically and thermally self-sustaining hydrogen generation system that directly uses petcoke fuel; (2) a consolidated system for hydrogen generation at high efficiency; (3) low cost of hydrogen production; (4) easy CO2 separation; and (5) a marketable by-product. Commercial applications should include hydrogen generation for small petroleum refineries, stand-alone hydrogen refueling stations, and energy storage in hydrogen form for peak load shaving.

Principal Investigator:

Greg Tao

Business Contact:

Anthony D. Decheek
Small Business Information at Submission:

Materials & Systems Research, Inc.
5395 West 700 South Salt Lake City, UT 84104

EIN/Tax ID: 870479591
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No