JP-8 Gasifier and Pre-Reformer

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W56HZV-04-C-0130
Agency Tracking Number: A032-1150
Amount: $120,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2003
Solicitation Topic Code: A03-238
Solicitation Number: 2003.2
Small Business Information
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
Business Contact
 Paul Donahe
Title: Director of Finance
Phone: (203) 287-3700
Research Institution
Precision Combustion, Inc. (PCI) proposes to develop a compact multi-fuel catalytic reactor based on the proprietary Microlithr technology for gasification and pre-reforming of up to 6 lb/hr (i.e. ~ 40 kWt) of liquid hydrocarbon logistic fuels, such as JP-8, diesel or Jet-A, without the need for external pre-heat or pre-vaporization. The size of the catalytic reactor is expected to be less than 30 in3 (0.5 liter) and weigh < 1 kg. The hydrogen rich gasified fuel mixture exiting the reactor can then be utilized in a downstream fuel cell or combustion device for clean and efficient energy generation. The pre-reformer will be capable of operating in either catalytic partial oxidation (CPOX) or autothermal reforming (ATR) mode. For the CPOX mode only fuel and air are supplied to the reactor, yet partial fuel conversion can be achieved. For the ATR mode small amounts of water will be recycled to the reformer, allowing achieving complete conversion of the fuel and higher efficiency of the reforming process. Therefore, the performance of the pre-reformer can be adjusted depending on the particular application. In this program the pre-reformer performance will be demonstrated and the requirements for the integrated system will be analyzed.

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