Development of a Thermally and Electrically Self-Sustaining Hydrogen Generation System Directly Using Petcoke

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-08ER85121
Agency Tracking Number: N/A
Amount: $99,582.00
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
Materials & Systems Research, Inc.
5395 West 700 South, Salt Lake City, UT, 84104
DUNS: 858801483
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Greg Tao
 Dr.
 (801) 530-4987
 gtao@msrihome.com
Business Contact
 Anthony Decheek
Title: Mr.
Phone: (801) 530-4987
Email: adecheek@msrihome.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This project aims to develop an advanced, thermally and electrically self-sustaining hydrogen generation system for small petroleum refineries application. The hydrogen generation system involves the development of a viable means for converting the chemical energy of petcoke to hydrogen at a low cost and high efficiency. The approach involves the development and construction of tubular solid oxide fuel cells and solid oxide fuel-assisted electrolysis cells. Cathode characteristics will be modified by a unique process to increase the electrochemical reaction sites. In Phase I, a petcoke reactor will be built and characterized by measuring petcoke-derived fuel compositions at different operating conditions. In Phase II, a hydrogen generation system providing 200~300 watts electricity will be built and experimentally tested. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: The technology is expected to provide the following benefits: (1) an electrically and thermally self-sustaining hydrogen generation system that directly uses petcoke fuel; (2) a consolidated system for hydrogen generation at high efficiency; (3) low cost of hydrogen production; (4) easy CO2 separation; and (5) a marketable by-product. Commercial applications should include hydrogen generation for small petroleum refineries, stand-alone hydrogen refueling stations, and energy storage in hydrogen form for peak load shaving.

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