Analysis & Adaptation of Advanced Fischer Tropsch Catalyst Structures and Resulting BOP Reductions to Fulfill Future Navy Fuel Needs

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$743,645.00
Program:
STTR
Contract:
N00014-09-C-0206
Solitcitation Year:
2007
Solicitation Number:
2007.
Branch:
Navy
Award Year:
2009
Phase:
Phase II
Agency Tracking Number:
N074-027-0054
Solicitation Topic Code:
N07-T027
Small Business Information
IntraMicron, Inc.
368 Industry Drive, Auburn, AL, 36832-
Hubzone Owned:
Y
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
115041332
Principal Investigator
 Hongyun Yang
 Senior Scientist
 (334) 502-2973
 hyang@intramicron.com
Business Contact
 John Stein
Title: CEO
Phone: (205) 397-2834
Email: jstein@intramicron.com
Research Institution
 Auburn University
 Bruce J Tatarchuk
 CM3
316 Ross Hall
Auburn University, AL, 36849-
 (334) 844-2146
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
In the Phase I study, IntraMicron found that Microfibrous Entrapped Catalysts (MFEC) increased effective thermal conductivity by 3~12 times, improved selectivity and product yield, and significantly reduced the Balance of Plant (BOP) compared with packed beds; Ceramatec prepared novel catalysts for highly selective jet fuel production and designed a FTS modular reactor with fast external heat transfer characteristics. During the joint Phase II, the optimized MFEC are proposed for fabrication into Ceramatec’s proprietary FTS modular reactor for further improvements in FTS performance. The modular FTS reactor with MFEC will be evaluated and optimized for maximum selectivity to jet fuel production and reduction in BOP. This modular FTS reactor is designed to produce 1~2 liters of fuel per day, and it can be easily scaled up by increasing the number of tubes. Process modeling using ASPEN will also be conducted at Auburn University to determine those catalyst structures, operating conditions, and integrated designs that have the greatest impact on product selectivity, modularity, thermodynamic efficiency, annualized operating costs, and BOP. The optimal operational parameters such as temperature, pressure, H2/CO ratio and space velocity will be collected and documented for the up-scale design and operations in Phase III.

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