Hydrogen Separation from a Logistic-Fuel Reformate Stream

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-07-C-0242
Agency Tracking Number: N051-040-0650
Amount: $746,217.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: N05-040
Solicitation Number: 2005.1
Small Business Information
131 Flanders Rd, Westborough, MA, 01581
DUNS: 127744014
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Reinder J Boersma
 Manager Systems Engineeri
 (508) 898-2223
Business Contact
 Scott Rackey
Title: President
Phone: (508) 898-2223
Email: srackey@ctph2.com
Research Institution
Proposed is a reactor capable of generating a pure hydrogen stream from a gasified stream of military logistic fuels such as JP-5 and JP-8. The objective is to build a reactor that generates a hydrogen stream with a heating value of 5-10 kW. The process is based on a novel type of ceramic membrane that allows only the passage of oxygen ions and electrons. Steam is passed on one side of the membrane and a gasified fuel on the other. On the membrane surface steam is reduced to hydrogen while the oxygen passes as an ion through the membrane. The ion oxidizes the fuel on the other side of the membrane, while the electron associated with the ion flows back to the steam side of the membrane. The process is driven by the difference in chemical potential between fuel and steam. Effectively an energy transfer is established which oxidizes the fuel as the steam is reduced to produce hydrogen. Since the membrane is impermeable for gases (the oxygen ion is a solid) very high purity hydrogen is generated. It is intended to demonstrate a system containing a liquid fuel gasifier coupled to a hydrogen reactor, while addressing the most crucial heat integration aspects.

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