A Fuel Flexible Reformer

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8501-06-C-0040
Agency Tracking Number: F051-282-2447
Amount: $749,975.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: AF05-282
Solicitation Number: 2005.1
Small Business Information
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
Business Contact
 Andrew Hunt
Title: Chief Executive Officer
Phone: (678) 287-3999
Email: ahunt@ngimat.com
Research Institution
With growing demand for reduced emissions during peacetime, the Air Force requires fuel cell technology for its various power needs including portable field devices and tent cities deployed overseas. To meet these needs with a reforming process, feed fuels will vary: when in the United States, natural gas is readily available while in other countries, JP-8 fuel will be used. In this Phase II program, nGimat proposes to deliver a prototype reactor to the Air Force capable of reforming natural gas, JP8 logistics fuel and others as needed. The reactor will exhibit high fuel throughput, high conversion rates and will easily produce PEM quality hydrogen from both fuels. In Phase I we demonstrated excellent efficiencies at reaction temperatures of 500°C with methane and JP-8. For the logistics fuel process, minimal (<5 ppm) hydrogen sulfide was detected in the exit stream. The core technology necessary to product low-cost, low-temperature fuel-versatile reforming reactors is available only through the use of nanomaterials prepared by combustion chemical vapor condensation (CCVC); these materials readily reform most hydrocarbons. Additionally, our Nanomiser® device, which delivers the liquid fuel in submicron droplets enables superior conversion of heavy hydrocarbons.

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