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CATALYTIC MEMBRANE REACTOR FOR THE PRODUCTION OF HYDROGEN FROM BUTANOL

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2011 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
A2-4580
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
A10a-T009
Solicitation Number:
2010.A
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 2
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: CATALYTIC MEMBRANE REACTOR FOR THE PRODUCTION OF HYDROGEN FROM BUTANOL
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W911NF-12-C-0008
Award Amount: $750,000.00
 

Abstract:

A compact and efficient fuel processor that provides clean hydrogen from a high energy density liquid fuel such as butanol will allow fuel cell technology to be realized in military and commercial markets for portable applications. InnovaTek, and its proposal partner Indiana - Purdue University, will build on their combined experience in catalytic reforming to develop catalysts that are optimized for a micro structured membrane reactor that converts butanol to hydrogen for use by a PEM fuel cell to generate electricity. A proprietary partial oxidation catalyst that resists sintering and coking will be developed to assure a long lifetime for the reactor. InnovaTek"s fuel reformer will be designed using hydrogen-permeable membrane technology developed in collaboration with Pall Corporation to offer unique characteristics, including compactness, extremely efficient heat transfer, and sufficient hydrogen purity for a PEM fuel cell. The Phase II goal is to integrate the butanol reformer reactor, catalyst and membrane separation components into a single well-designed functional unit with all balance of plant components capable of demonstrating maintenance-free hydrogen generation for more than 500 hrs with an energy density of 3 kWhr/kg.

Principal Investigator:

Qimin Ming
Director, Sustainable Power
(509) 375-1093
ming@tekkie.com

Business Contact:

Patricia M. Irving
President&CEO
(509) 375-1093
irving@tekkie.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

InnovaTek, Inc.
3100 George Washington Way Suite 108 Richland, WA 99354-1663

EIN/Tax ID: 911877246
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Indiana University
Office of Research Admin
620 Union Drive, Room 518
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5167
Contact: John W. Talbott
Contact Phone: (317) 278-3473