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A Non-Catalytic Fuel Flexible Reformer

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Department of Defense
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Program Year/Program:
2012 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: A Non-Catalytic Fuel Flexible Reformer
Agency: DOD
Contract: W15P7T-12-C-A127
Award Amount: $147,393.00


The proposed SBIR Phase I program will develop an innovative fuel flexible reformer for a portable Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) power generation system used in the battlefields. The fuel reformer is non-catalytic and can operate with different fuels including methanol, propane, and JP fuels, without suffering catalyst degradation common to catalytic-based fuel reformers. The impurities in the fuel (i.e., sulfur compounds) will be converted into hydrogen sulfide (H2S) during the reforming process, and then removed by a metal oxide based sorbent that can operate at the same temperature range as the SOFC. This avoids the need for cooling the reformate gas prior to desulfurization. By eliminating the need to cool and then reheat the reformate gas, the system overall size and weight can be decreased and system efficiency increased. Consequently, the proposed reforming system will provide the fuel flexibility needed to reduce the military's logistic burden and enable SOFC systems to operate with a broader range of available fuels.

Principal Investigator:

Chien-Hua Chen
Research Engineer
(717) 295-6116

Business Contact:

Heather Wenzel
(717) 295-6092
Small Business Information at Submission:

Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc.
1046 New Holland Avenue Lancaster, PA -

EIN/Tax ID: 571146896
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No