Development of a Butanol Fuel Processor for Person-Portable Fuel Cell Power Systems
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
FuelCell Energy, Inc., in collaboration with the University of Minnesota, is proposing to develop an innovative fuel processor for person-portable fuel cell power system applications. The system will be designed to reform butanol into a hydrogen-rich stream suitable for use in a low-temperature Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cell. The technical approach will focus on the development of a novel catalyst for the partial oxidation of butanol. Thermodynamic analyses will be performed to define the optimal system operating conditions, such as temperature(s) and air to fuel ratio(s). The catalyst design will be optimized and demonstrated in a laboratory-scale environment. A scaled-up fuel processor system design will be developed to supply a 75W PEM fuel cell with high-purity hydrogen for at least 72 hours. Integrated, multi-staged catalyst and heat transfer sections are envisioned to create a lightweight and compact package. 3-D Computer Aided Design (CAD) modeling will be performed to visualize and optimize the size and weight of the system. Results of this study will be applied to a more detailed design, development, and demonstration effort in Phase II.
Small Business Information at Submission:
System Design Engineer
Ross M. Levine, Esq.
Dir., Gvmt Contracts & Corp. Legal
Research Institution Information:
FuelCell Energy, Inc.
3 Great Pasture Rd. Danbury, CT 06813
Number of Employees:
University of Minnesota
151 Amundson Hall
421 Washington Ave. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455