JP-8 Micro-reformer

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Office of the Secretary of Defense
Contract: DAAD19-03-C-0010
Agency Tracking Number: O022-0045
Amount: $99,999.00
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
 Subir Roychoudhury
 Product Development manag
 (203) 287-3700
 sroychoudhury@precision-combustion.
Business Contact
 Paul Donahe
Title: Director of Finance
Phone: (203) 287-3700
Email: pdonahe@precision-combustion.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
"PCI proposes into topic Area 2 to develop and demonstrate a JP-8 micro-reformer capable of delivering the hydrogen required for a 20 We Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) from a catalytic reactor which is expected to be ~1 in3 (size of 2 standard AA batteries)and weighing <100 grams. This combination can be used to meet the power needs of individual soldiers, and scaled up for surveillance and artillery gear, or for auxiliary power units. An efficient, durable, sulfur tolerant, compact and lightweight reformerfor reforming JP-8 to provide fuel for a SOFC would not only far exceed the energy density of batteries, but also operate silently.Major technical hurdles, which include large size and weight, high operating temperatures, inefficient use of expensive catalysts, poor sulfur tolerance, and lack of efficient vaporization and premixing of JP-8 without coking, continue to be significantlimitations of current approaches. Recent progress in short contact time reactor design using PCI's Microlithr technology offers the potential for the development of advanced reformers with a high likelihood of overcoming these barriers. The JP-8 Micro Reformer offers hydrogen generation for solid oxide fuel cells, or with CO clean-up for PEM fuel cells, from an ultra-compact, high efficiency Microlithr reactor having fast start-up, rapid transient response, quiet operation and highselectivity. The specific application targets JP8 as a fuel, although other f

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