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A Compact Membrane Reactor Methanol Reformer

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-07-C-0078
Agency Tracking Number: A074-011-0313
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: A07-T011
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2007
Award Year: 2007
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2007-07-17
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2008-01-13
Small Business Information
12345 W. 52nd Ave.
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
United States
DUNS: 181947730
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Gokhan Alptekin
 Senior Engineer
 (303) 940-2349
Business Contact
 John Wright
Title: Vice President
Phone: (303) 940-2300
Research Institution
 J. D Way
Chemical Engineering Dept. 1500 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401-1887
United States

 (303) 273-3519
 Nonprofit College or University

Polymer Electrolyte Membrane (PEM) fuel cells require a relatively pure, concentrated hydrogen stream, with very low levels of sulfur and carbon monoxide (CO) in order to prevent poisoning of the fuel cell anode catalyst. In addition, removing inerts and impurities (such as CO2) from the hydrogen feed to the fuel cell increases a fuel cell's electrical conversion efficiency. TDA Research, Inc. (TDA), in collaboration with the Colorado School of Mines proposes to develop a compact membrane reactor-reformer that converts a sulfur-free methanol feed into a high purity hydrogen fuel that could be readily used by a 20 W PEM fuel cell. In Phase I project, we will develop a thin film membrane and an effective catalyst to demonstrate the operation of an integrated membrane reactor-methanol reformer in a breadboard system. We will also carry out a preliminary design of the overall fuel processor to produce the required hydrogen flow rate to run a 20 We PEM fuel cell.

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