JP-8 Gasifier and Pre-Reformer

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W56HZV-04-C-0688
Agency Tracking Number: A032-1150
Amount: $2,282,190.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
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
 Principal Scientist, Dev.
 (203) 287-3700
Business Contact
 Paul Donahe
Title: Director of Finance
Phone: (203) 287-3700
Research Institution
Precision Combustion, Inc. (PCI), utilizing patented Microlith® substrates, has demonstrated small, modular reactors for reforming liquid and gaseous hydrocarbon fuels at exceptionally high power densities. During Phase I, in addition to demonstrating efficient JP-8 and Diesel reforming capability, PCI successfully integrated the fuel injection, mixing and vaporization within the catalytic reactor by taking advantage of the Microlith technology’s ability to impede soot formation, its diffusive capabilities to boost mixing, and its high surface area to augment vaporization, resulting in a Microlith Reactor for Gasification and Reforming (MRGR). The size of the 10-kWe ATR was 6in3 (0.1l). The catalyst was successfully tested in dry and wet mode, with multiple fuels, and was fully operational in 1 minute. The MRGR was shown to be sulfur tolerant and coke resistant for the test duration. During Phase II, PCI is proposing to develop and demonstrate a standalone, 5-kWe prototype reformer operating on low-sulfur diesel. The MRGR reformate will be tested with a Solid Oxide Fuel Cell to advance toward a “logistic-fuel to electrons” device. A model for the entire APU will be developed. Additionally, it is capable of meeting multi-service needs, and a Navy-ONR Option has been added to deliver a 50 kWe MRGR.

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