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Ultrasound Assisted Oxidative Desulfurization of JP-8 Fuel

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Department of Defense
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2008 / STTR
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Aerodyne Research, Inc.
45 Manning Road Billerica, MA 01821-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
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Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Ultrasound Assisted Oxidative Desulfurization of JP-8 Fuel
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W911NF-08-C-0063
Award Amount: $749,999.00


The objective of this work is to develop a compact, robust process that reduces the sulfur content of jet fuel to less than 10 ppm prior to its reformation and use in a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) fuel cell. The target power range of the SOFC is 2 kW. In addition to military applications, the desulfurization technology will be compatible for SOFCs used for emergency or backup power generation, recreation, and medical power. Using a combination of ultrasound and a novel catalyst, we found near quantitative removal of refractory sulfur species such as dibenzothiophene and 4,6-dimethyldibenzothiophene from a single 60-min treatment of jet fuel at mild conditions. After a post-treatment polishing step, the sulfur content of JP-8 could be reduced to 50 ppm. In Phase II, we intend to develop the technology by: 1) optimizing catalyst selection and reactor geometry, 2) determining conditions which achieve the targeted sulfur level, 3) converting the batch technology to continuous operation. We intend to deliver a working prototype to the Army for testing in conjunction with their reformer technology at the end of Phase II. Phase III commercialization will be pursued in conjunction with the Army Research Laboratory and private sector SOFC companies.

Principal Investigator:

Michael Timko
Senior Engineer

Business Contact:

George Wittrech
Chief Financial Officer
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45 Manning Road Billerica, MA 01821

EIN/Tax ID: 042471226
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 2139
Contact: Angela Olsen
Contact Phone: (617) 324-0302
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university