Fuel Flexible Reformer

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15P7T-12-C-A026
Agency Tracking Number: O121-EP1-2029
Amount: $149,910.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD12-EP1
Solicitation Number: 2012.1
Small Business Information
410 Sackett Point Road, North Haven, CT, -
DUNS: 178154456
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Tim LaBreche
 Senior Technical Specialist
 (203) 287-3700
Business Contact
 John Scanlon
Title: Finance Manager/Controller
Phone: (203) 287-3700
Email: jscanlon@precision-combustion.com
Research Institution
Precision Combustion, Inc. (PCI) proposes to develop an ultra-compact, fuel-flexible reformer, including balance-of-plant components, designed for operation with fuel cell stacks for 300 We portable power generator systems. The reformer technology will be based upon our novel proprietary high mass and heat transfer catalytic elements, which were demonstrated to be superior (i.e., more durable, higher sulfur tolerant, lighter, and smaller size) to existing technologies such as pellets, monoliths, foams, and microchannels. Additionally, the resulting reformer system will have high energy density and will offer a reduced weight burden and improved supply logistics for the soldier. The proposed design builds upon prior PCI work for U.S. DoD that has developed JP-8 reformers and fuel processors for larger fuel cell systems. In Phase I, potential system level solutions for the 300 We application will be evaluated and fully conserved system designs will be developed. Additionally, a breadboard fuel reformer will be developed and evaluated with a variety of fuels to verify fuel flexibility and feasibility for future integration with 300 We fuel cells.

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