Hydrogen From Refinery Wastes Via Superadiabatic Autothermal Reformation

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-08ER85116
Agency Tracking Number: 85136
Amount: $99,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: 23 b
Solicitation Number: DE-PS02-07ER07-36
Small Business Information
9800 Connecticut Drive, Crown Point, IN, 46307
DUNS: 141807185
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Jacques Bingue
 (773) 456-0775
Business Contact
 Jacques Bingue
Title: Dr.
Phone: (773) 456-0775
Email: jpbingue@innesol.com
Research Institution
Since 1990, the cost of hydrogen needed to treat one barrel of oil has increased from 10 cents to $1. This problem is being exacerbated because of stricter environmental regulations and because the crude now being processed by refiners contains less hydrogen and more sulfur. To deal with the hydrogen shortage, most large refineries have outsourced their hydrogen generating capacities to industrial gas companies that uses natural gas as the feedstock. As a solution to the refinery hydrogen problem, this project will employ a superadiabatic autothermal process for producing hydrogen from free and inexpensive feedstocks that are readily available to refiners. As a non-catalytic process, the proposed reactor will create a high-temperature volume with a long residence time to reform the most complex of hydrocarbon fuels. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: By shifting the burden of refinery hydrogen from increasingly expensive and imported natural gas to inexpensive feeds and wastes, a savings of three cents in hydrogen cost for processing a gallon of gasoline or diesel could be achieved. A savings of even one cent would leave more than $5 billion in the hands of consumers. Furthermore, over 1.1 trillion cubic feet of natural gas could be returned to industrial and commercial uses.

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