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Development of a Butanol Fuel Processor for Person-Portable Fuel Cell Power…

Award Information

Department of Defense
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2010 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
ARMY 10T009
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
Fuelcell Energy, Inc.
3 Great Pasture Rd. Danbury, CT 06813-1305
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Development of a Butanol Fuel Processor for Person-Portable Fuel Cell Power Systems
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W911NF-11-C-0015
Award Amount: $99,869.00


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.

Principal Investigator:

Stephen Jolly
System Design Engineer

Business Contact:

Ross M. Levine, Esq.
Dir., Gvmt Contracts & Corp. Legal
Small Business Information at Submission:

FuelCell Energy, Inc.
3 Great Pasture Rd. Danbury, CT 06813

EIN/Tax ID: 060853042
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
University of Minnesota
151 Amundson Hall
421 Washington Ave. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Contact: Lanny Schmidt
Contact Phone: 6126259391