Logistic Fuel Micro-Reformer

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$1,229,240.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W911QX-05-C-0021
Agency Tracking Number:
F031-1533
Solicitation Year:
2003
Solicitation Topic Code:
A03-028
Solicitation Number:
2003.2
Small Business Information
PRECISION COMBUSTION, INC.
1069 Elkton Drive, Colorado Springs, CO, 80907
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
178154456
Principal Investigator:
Maxim Lyubovsky
(203) 287-3700
mlyubovsky@precision-combustion.com
Business Contact:
Thomas Linnenbrink
(203) 287-3700
pdonahe@precision-combustion.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Precision Combustion, Inc. (PCI), utilizing coated metallic mesh substrate technology (patented and trademarked by PCI as Microlithr) has demonstrated operation of compact, modular reactors for converting liquid and gaseous hydrocarbon fuels into a mixture of CO and H2 at exceptionally high power densities. During this Phase I, the ATR operating window was mapped out for JP-8 and Diesel fuels. The size of the 5-kWt catalytic ATR reactor was 3in3 (50cc). It demonstrated efficient reforming, lightoff in less than 1 minute in dry mode, and complete fuel conversion in wet mode with moderate steam requirement (S/C = 1 to 2). The reactor was shown to be sulfur tolerant and coke resistant for the duration of operation. During Phase II, PCI is proposing to develop and demonstrate an integrated standalone prototype micro-reforming system operating on regular JP-8 fuel and producing sulfur free reformate suitable for directly feeding a 0.2 - 2-kWe SOFC stack. Issues associated with the ATR reactor integration with heat exchange, sulfur removal, balance of plant and system control components will be addressed. A prototype micro-reformer will be assembled, tested and delivered to ARL for further testing and integration with a SOFC stack and is expected to meet multi agency needs.

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