CATALYTIC MEMBRANE REACTOR FOR THE PRODUCTION OF HYDROGEN FROM BUTANOL

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$750,000.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W911NF-12-C-0008
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
A2-4580
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
A10a-T009
Solicitation Number:
2010.A
Small Business Information
3100 George Washington Way, Suite 108, Richland, WA, 99354-1663
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
004865247
Principal Investigator:
QiminMing
Director, Sustainable Power
(509) 375-1093
ming@tekkie.com
Business Contact:
PatriciaIrving
President&CEO
(509) 375-1093
irving@tekkie.com
Research Institute:
Indiana University
John W Talbott
Office of Research Admin
620 Union Drive, Room 518
Indianapolis, IN, 46202-5167
(317) 278-3473

Abstract
A compact and efficient fuel processor that provides clean hydrogen from a high energy density liquid fuel such as butanol will allow fuel cell technology to be realized in military and commercial markets for portable applications. InnovaTek, and its proposal partner Indiana - Purdue University, will build on their combined experience in catalytic reforming to develop catalysts that are optimized for a micro structured membrane reactor that converts butanol to hydrogen for use by a PEM fuel cell to generate electricity. A proprietary partial oxidation catalyst that resists sintering and coking will be developed to assure a long lifetime for the reactor. InnovaTek"s fuel reformer will be designed using hydrogen-permeable membrane technology developed in collaboration with Pall Corporation to offer unique characteristics, including compactness, extremely efficient heat transfer, and sufficient hydrogen purity for a PEM fuel cell. The Phase II goal is to integrate the butanol reformer reactor, catalyst and membrane separation components into a single well-designed functional unit with all balance of plant components capable of demonstrating maintenance-free hydrogen generation for more than 500 hrs with an energy density of 3 kWhr/kg.

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