Microchannel Reactor with Low Oxygen Consumption For Highly Efficient Hydrogen Production from Liquid Hydrocarbons

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-04-M-0301
Agency Tracking Number: N045-034-0243
Amount: $99,896.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: N04-T034
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
INNOVATEK, INC.
350 Hills Street, Suite 104, Richland, WA, 99352
DUNS: 004865247
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jeffrey Harrison
 Director Sustainable Power
 (509) 375-1093
 jeff@tekkie.com
Business Contact
 Patricia Irving
Title: CEO
Phone: (509) 375-1093
Email: irving@tekkie.com
Research Institution
 University of Florida
 Jacob Chung
 336 MEB, PO Box 116300
Gainesville, FL, 32611
 (352) 392-9607
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
InnovaTek will determine the feasibility of combining microchannel prereformer and reformer reactors with microchannel heat exchangers into a single novel component for advanced fuel processing in undersea vehicles. The unique design of the proposed integrated system is characterized by very high internal surface areas for heat exchange and a high proportion of internal flow channels for the catalytic reaction but with greatly reduced system volume. This innovative approach will improve thermal efficiency and resource utilization (principally fuel and oxygen) by reducing the amount of steam required for the reforming reaction and minimizing flow paths, piping, valves and component surfaces that can produce external sources of heat loss. Through computational modeling, the University of Florida will provide the critical numerical simulations of heat transfer, mass transfer, and kinetic reaction rates in microchannels, required to design the architecture and select the materials for the integrated components. Those simulation results will be validated and refined from experimental data generated using InnovaTek's microchannel reactors and heat exchangers. The key deliverable from Phase 1 is a feasibility assessment of the approach and a preliminary design that will form the basis for a detailed system design and cost estimate (Phase 1 Option).

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