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VCHP Heat Exchanger for Passive Thermal Management of a Fuel Cell Reforming…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
75136
Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
N051-041-1156
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Advanced Cooling Technologies
1046 New Holland Ave. Lancaster, PA 17601-5606
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: VCHP Heat Exchanger for Passive Thermal Management of a Fuel Cell Reforming Process
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-06-C-0651
Award Amount: $448,266.00
 

Abstract:

A key component of the Navy fuel cell system is the reformer, which converts diesel fuel into methane for consumption by the fuel cell. Reaction temperatures are critical to proper function of the reformer. Reaction temperatures are currently regulated by valves in the process gas streams. These valves require power, consume space, increase pressure drop, and are hindering tight integration and packaging of the reformer. In addition, these valves are prone to failure at elevated temperatures. Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) has proposed a variable conductance heat pipe (VCHP) heat exchanger to provide a passive, valve-less means of regulating process gas temperatures in reformers for fuel cells. The VCHP-based system has the potential to provide nearly constant reformer temperatures despite wide changes in gas flow rate while needing no additional components or control systems and without limiting packaging options for the reformer. In Phase I, ACT successfully demonstrated the feasibility of the proposed technology through analysis and subscale hardware testing. In Phase II, the goal is to fully characterize and evaluate the use of VCHPs in heat exchangers to control gas temperatures, culminating in building a 4kW VCHP heat exchanger for use in a 50kW fuel cell system.

Principal Investigator:

John Hartenstine
Group Leader, Engineering
7172956112
john.hartenstine@1-act.com

Business Contact:

Jon Zuo
President
7172956058
jon.zuo@1-act.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

ADVANCED COOLING TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
1046 New Holland Avenue Lancaster, PA 17601

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