Methanol Micro Reformer

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: DAAD17-02-C-0035
Agency Tracking Number: A012-1582
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Precision Combustion, Inc.
410 Sackett Point Road, North Haven, CT, 06473
DUNS: 178154456
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Maxim Lyubovsky
 Sr Research Engineer
 (203) 287-3700
 mlyubovsky@precision-combustion.com
Business Contact
 Paul Donahe
Title: Director of Finance
Phone: (203) 287-3700
Email: pdonahe@precision-combustion.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
"Precision Combustion, Inc. (PCI) proposes to develop a compact methanol reformer based on this Microlith,¿ catalytic reactor technology, capable of delivering 20 ¿V 400 cc/sec of high purity hydrogen for use in Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cellsoperating at 15 ¿V 300 W range. The size of the catalytic reactor required to supply a 300 W PEM fuel cell, is expected to be extremely small. The proposed reformer will have near silent operation, low capital and maintenance costs, will be rugged anddurable with near instantaneous startup and transient response. Development of a compact Microlithr-based methanol reformer system capable of high rates of hydrogen production would be a significant benefit for fuel cells or other hydrogen based energyconversion systems. The size of the catalytic reactor required to supply a 300 W PEM fuel cell, would be approximately that of a standard AA battery. The technology is also readily scalable to larger sizes, with the same low volume benefit as compared toother hydrogen generation systems. Because the CO production is expected to be less than 1% a water gas shift reactor may be eliminated along with the cost and associated weight. Coupling the methanol reformer with either a downstream preferential COoxidation reactor (PROX) or a membrane separator for isolating hydrogen are possible approaches to obtaining high purity hydrogen. These characteristics are beneficial to the needs of a small, l

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