Ultra-pure Hydrogen Generation from Logistic Fuels

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N65538-05-M-0145
Agency Tracking Number: N051-040-0678
Amount: $69,765.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: N05-040
Solicitation Number: 2005.1
Small Business Information
2425 South 900 West, Salt Lake City, UT, 84119
DUNS: 089500540
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 S. Elangovan
 SOFC Project Manager
 (801) 978-2162
 elango@ceramatec.com
Business Contact
 Raymond Miller
Title: Secretary
Phone: (801) 978-2114
Email: rkm@ceramatec.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
While fuel cell technology is attractive to meet the electric power requirements of the Navy, the Proton Exchange Membrane fuel cells require high putiy hydrogen fuel. The high sulfur content of the Navy distillate NATO F-76 makes the reformate clean up system in a fuel processor too complex for the compact and light-weight systems that are required. Hydrogen separation membrane that is contaminant tolerant is proposed. The use of such membrane that is stable in the reformate composition will simplify or even eliminate the reformate clean up subsystem. An additional aspect of this project will be to evaluate a compact fuel processor to reform F-76. The fuel processor is more efficient and reduces the common technical challenges such as low efficiency operation and soot formation encountered in reforming diesel fuel using conventional partial oxidation reformers. The operational characteristics of the two systems, reformer and the hydrogen separation membrane, allow for both process and physical integration making the overall conversion process of navy distillate into high purity hydrogen efficient and economical.

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