Nano-porous Inorganic Membrane as a One-Step Sulfur Tolerant Hydrogen Recovery Device

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N65538-05-M-0144
Agency Tracking Number: N051-040-1404
Amount: $69,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solitcitation Year: 2005
Solitcitation Topic Code: N05-040
Solitcitation Number: 2005.1
Small Business Information
155 William Pitt Way, Pittsburgh, PA, 15238
Duns: 802071662
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Paul K T Liu
 (412) 826-3711
Business Contact
 Paul Liu
Title: President
Phone: (412) 826-3711
Research Institution
This SBIR Phase I project focuses on the use of our hydrogen selective nanoporous inorganic membrane for hydrogen recovery from reformats. We believe that the unique performance features of our proposed membrane-based process can deliver an one-step hydrogen recovery process to meet the hydrogen purity requirement of the Navy SSFC, and, more importantly, to streamline the up-stream fuel reforming and down stream hydrogen preparation. In addition, this proposed non-metallic inorganic-based membrane product is not only sulfur tolerant, but also thermally, hydrothermally and "pressure" stable, suitable to integrate directly with the upstream and downstream processes. Our proposed Phase I program will generate separation performance database using synthetic streams simulating reformates generated from the Navy logistic fuel via both steam reforming and partial oxidation processes. In addition, a bench top treatability study will be performed to demonstrate the long-term (~ 4 weeks) performance stability in the presence of the maximum sulfur level. Finally, we will perform capital and operation economic analysis and the preliminary system design for the 40 and 300kW fuel cell system for evaluation by Navy.

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