Hydrogen Generator by Methane Pyrolysis with Carbon Capture

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX11CH42P
Agency Tracking Number: 104473
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solitcitation Year: 2010
Solitcitation Topic Code: X3.01
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Orbital Technologies Corporation
WI, Madison, WI, 53717-1961
Duns: 196894869
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jeff Johnson
 Principal Investigator
 (608) 229-2828
Business Contact
 Thomas Crabb
Title: Business Official
Phone: (608) 827-5000
Email: crabbt@orbitec.com
Research Institution
ORBITEC proposes to develop, fabricate, and test a system to provide 99.999% hydrogen by efficiently performing methane pyrolysis. The system has three unique features: (1) the methane pyrolysis reactor that does not rely on high single-pass efficiencies (which will make the system robust), (2) it incorporates batch processing modes, cleaning cycles, and a carbon capture device (which makes it reusable), and (3) it uses palladium membrane technology to separate the hydrogen from the methane stream (which makes the H2 effluent very pure). ORBITEC proposes the Hydrogen Generator by Methane Pyrolysis with Carbon Capture, herein referred to as the H2Gen system.During Phase 1 of this effort, ORBITEC will test the four major components of the system: the methane pyrolysis reactor, the carbon removal mechanism, the carbon capture device, and the hydrogen remover. The performance and efficiency of each component will be tested and characterized. Phase 2 will expand upon these efforts and a full-scale brassboard prototype will be developed and built, maintaining the efficiencies of the system while optimizing overall mass and volume.

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