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Step-Out Technology for Producing Hydrogen from Natural Gas

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-04ER83948
Agency Tracking Number: 75270S04-I
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 45
Solicitation Number: DOE/SC-0075
Solicitation Year: 2004
Award Year: 2004
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
99 Dorsa Avenue, Livingston, NJ, 07039
HUBZone Owned: Y
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mitrajit Mukherjee
 (973) 740-2350
Business Contact
 Mitrajit Mukkerjee
Title: Mr.
Phone: (973) 740-2350
Research Institution
75270-Steam methane reforming (SMR), the predominant commercial route for producing hydrogen, is a capital-intensive process ¿ capital charges represent 35-45% of product cost. In order to achieve the significant cost reductions required for the transition to a ¿hydrogen economy,¿ a meaningful shift in the underpinning reactor technology will be needed. This project will develop a safe, cost-effective technology to produce hydrogen via the steam-reforming of methane reaction. An innovative technology will be used to simplify the reactor design by: (1) reducing thermodynamic barriers to the SMR and water-gas shift reactions, and (2) completely eliminating the need for hydrogen purification. Phase I will prove the feasibility of this new technology in a bench scale reactor. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: The new approach to the steam-reforming challenge should achieve significant reductions in both capital costs and natural gas consumption. Hydrogen produced by this route should be cost effective for both large- and small-scale applications.

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