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

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-06-C-0057
Agency Tracking Number: N045-034-0243
Amount: $1,349,980.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: N04-T034
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
350 Hills Street, Suite 104, Richland, WA, 99354
DUNS: 004865247
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Patricia Irving
 (509) 375-1093
Business Contact
 Kathryn Rightor
Title: CFO
Phone: (509) 375-1093
Email: kathy@tekkie.com
Research Institution
 Roslyn S Oleson
 Dept. Mechanical Engineering
343 Weil Hall
Gainesville, FL, 32611
 (352) 392-9447
 Nonprofit college or university
The Navy deploys unmanned undersea vehicles (UUVs) as underwater scouts and navigation aids. Future UUVs must operate autonomously to collect, analyze, and transmit intelligence to the host ship. Powering autonomous underwater robots for long-endurance missions is among the toughest problems the Navy faces in deploying future systems because batteries generally fall short on range and stamina. Because of their high energy density and efficiency, fuel cells offer a viable option for meeting the expanded mission energy requirements, while simultaneously reducing the host vessel logistics burden if the hydrogen and oxygen fuel supply can be stored in a high energy density format. Since current hydrogen storage technologies cannot offer sufficient capacity for long duration missions, the application of hydrocarbon-based fuel reforming is an attractive solution. InnovaTek's technology produces hydrogen from high energy density hydrocarbons in a compact, light weight and efficient system. Through the incorporation of micro-channel technology for the reforming reactor and heat exchanger components and the use of a proprietary catalyst, InnovaTek's proposed system minimizes oxygen and fuel consumption. In addition, microchannel systems are characterized by capacities for high heat and mass transfer, fast startup, and responsiveness to changes in operating requirements, thus meeting the requirements for UUV power.

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