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SBIR Phase I: Methanation of Diesel Fuels

Award Information

Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
79539
Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
0611126
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Precision Combustion, Inc.
410 Sackett Point Road North Haven, CT 06473-3106
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: SBIR Phase I: Methanation of Diesel Fuels
Agency: NSF
Contract: 0611126
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I research project will develop and demonstrate proof-of-concept of a Microlith-based catalytic reactor for reforming Tier II Diesel fuel such that it contains > or =10% CH4 in addition to CO and H2 without allowing coke formation. The proposed reactor will displace the current need for secondary methanation and associated support components, cost and efficiency loss. Key technical challenges to be examined in the project include identifying appropriate methanation-favored conditions for distillate fuels as well as the kinetics of catalyst performance that favor direct methanation pathways. Achieving sufficiently robust, efficient and low cost reforming of liquid fuels suitable for SOFC/MCFCs would help enable the ready use of these fuel cell technologies for transportation applications. Cost barriers remain key barriers to use of fuel cells, and this proposed advance offers to substantially simplify the reforming value train. Key initial applications would be for commercial truck APUs and military ships.

Principal Investigator:

Subir Roychoudhury
Dr
2032873700
sroychudhury@precision-combustion.com

Business Contact:

James K. Burns
Mr
2032873700
kburns@precision-combustion.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Precision Combustion, Inc.
419 Sackett Point Road North Haven, CT 06473

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No