A versatile, novel two-step hydrogen reforming process

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8501-05-M-0133
Agency Tracking Number: F051-282-2447
Amount: $99,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: AF05-282
Solicitation Number: 2005.1
Small Business Information
NGIMAT CO.
5315 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Atlanta, GA, 30341
DUNS: 806337762
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Richard Breitkopf
 Research Scientist
 (678) 287-2486
 rbreitkopf@ngimat.com
Business Contact
 Andrew Hunt
Title: Chief Executive Officer
Phone: (678) 287-2402
Email: ahunt@ngimat.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The Air Force requires a reformer technology that can handle multiple fuels and produce fuel cell quality hydrogen on demand. These include JP-8 as well as natural gas and other hydrocarbons. Many of the current technologies require multiple steps in order to remove CO or H2S impurities from the fuel stream. This creates difficulties from fuel versatility, processing and portability standpoints. nGimat proposes a two step process that can produce pure fuel cell quality hydrogen efficiently from either natural gas or JP-8. The core technology, which creates oxygen vacancies from a mixed cerium oxide replenishes them using water vapor in a subsequent step. The resultant hydrogen is carbon monoxide and sulfur free because generation only depends on surface reaction at oxygen defect sites which are not hindered in the presence of sulfur or reacted sulfur species. Additionally, using our Nanomiser device, which can generate submicron droplets of liquid fuels including JP-8, we will achieve faster reaction and fuel vaporization rates than is otherwise obtained using competing technologies.

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