Sulfur-Tolerant Autothermal Reforming Catalysts for Aviation Fuel

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$69,804.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNC05CA49C
Award Id:
72694
Agency Tracking Number:
042223
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
404 Enterprise Dr., Lewis Center, OH, 43035
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
927606251
Principal Investigator:
Scott Swartz
Principal Investigator
(614) 842-6606
swartz@nextechmaterials.com
Business Contact:
William Dawson
President & CEO
(614) 842-6606
dawson@nextechmaterials.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
As solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) approach commercialization, interest in broader applications of this technology is mounting. While the first commercialized systems are being designed to provide 3-5 kW in stationary and automotive auxiliary power unit (APU) applications, military and aerospace users are already considering integrating SOFCs into larger, airborne systems with considerable commercial payback. SOFCs are aligned to displace inefficient, noisy, and polluting technologies such as diesel generators that will provide both economic and environmental motivation to prospective users. NexTech Materials proposes to develop sulfur-tolerant autothermal reforming (ATR) catalysts for fuel processors of SOFC systems that operate with sulfur-containing aviation (Jet-A) fuels. The Phase I work will focus on synthesis and characterization of novel composite catalysts, design and construction of a reactor for catalyst performance tests, and evaluation of the performance of experimental catalysts for autothermal reforming of Jet-A fuel. Phase II of the project will involve further optimization of catalyst formulations, scale-up of the catalyst synthesis technology, development of monolith-supporting technology for the catalysts, and evaluation of monolith-supported catalysts in prototype ATR reformers.

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