Power Generation from an Integrated Biofuel Reformer and Solid Oxide Fuel Cell

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-08ER85115
Agency Tracking Number: N/A
Amount: $750,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Innovatek, Inc.
350 Hills Street, Suite 104, Richland, WA, 99354
DUNS: 004865247
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Qimin Ming
 Dr.
 (509) 375-1093
 ming@tekkie.com
Business Contact
 Patricia Irving
Title: Ms.
Phone: (509) 375-1093
Email: irving@tekkie.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Alternative energy sources must be sought to meet the energy demand of our growing economy and to improve energy security while reducing environmental impacts. The conversion of bio-oil from non-food-based biomass to hydrogen for fuel cells would allow significant increases in the use of renewable feedstocks for energy production. This project will develop a non-food-biomass-based power plant with a solid oxide fuel cell for distributed power generation in the range from 3 to 30 kW. The bio-oil that will be used in the proposed process will be made from agricultural and forestry residuals, such as wood sawdust, through the fast pyrolysis process. In Phase I, a conceptual system design was developed to demonstrate that an integrated reformer and solid oxide fuel cell system is a commercially viable approach for producing electricity from biomass. During Phase II a scaled-up prototype system, which uses sawdust-derived pyrolysis oil as the test fuel, will be designed, fabricated, and tested. Micro-channel components will be used to obtain a highly efficient reforming system that will help achieve an overall system efficiency of 40%. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: The integrated power system should provide an opportunity to reduce the burden on the current electrical distribution system through greater availability of localized power generation from renewable sources. The use of bio-derived fuels in distributed generation applications would reduce the growth in the demand for natural gas and would enhance grid stability. By replacing petroleum-based fuels with renewable non-toxic biofuels, our nation can reduce its reliance on foreign sources of energy and reduce the environmental impacts of petroleum-based products

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