SBIR Phase II: Catalytic Nanochannel Reactor Arrays for Fuel Reforming

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$500,000.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
0724408
Award Id:
79493
Agency Tracking Number:
0611291
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
2021 MILLER DR UNIT B, Mailbox 201, LONGMONT, CO, 80501
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
130993384
Principal Investigator:
Dmitri Routkevitch
PhD
(720) 494-8401
droutkevitch@synkera.com
Business Contact:
Dmitri Routkevitch
PhD
(720) 494-8401
droutkevitch@synkera.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II project proposes to develop and commercialize advanced nanochannel array reactors for efficient and cost-effective fuel reforming for fuel cells and other applications. Conventional reformers have significant performance, size, reliability and cost issues that prevent broad-scale introduction of polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cell systems, especially in the portable power market segment. To overcome these limitations, a highly innovative approach based on the nanoporous ceramics is being pursued to create ultra-light and ultra-compact reactors. That approach was successfully validated during Phase I. The results unequivocally demonstrated the feasibility of methanol reforming and confirmed the strong competitive advantages of the proposed architecture over conventional reactors. The Phase II aims to develop application-specific reactor prototypes and to initiate their integration into PEM fuel cell systems. The expected outcome will be a manufacturing technology for low-cost and compact yet highly efficient and reliable reactors for point-of-use hydrogen generation. This technology has a potential to facilitate the development of more affordable fuel cell power system for broader government, commercial and consumer applications, especially in the portable power (0.1-1kW) market segments, and will benefit our society by contributing to energy security and availability of environmentally friendly energy solutions.

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