A Non-Catalytic Fuel Flexible Reformer

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15P7T-12-C-A127
Agency Tracking Number: O121-EP1-2041
Amount: $147,393.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD12-EP1
Solicitation Number: 2012.1
Small Business Information
1046 New Holland Avenue, Lancaster, PA, -
DUNS: 126288336
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Chien-Hua Chen
 Research Engineer
 (717) 295-6116
Business Contact
 Heather Wenzel
Title: Accountant
Phone: (717) 295-6092
Email: Heather.Wenzel@1-act.com
Research Institution
The proposed SBIR Phase I program will develop an innovative fuel flexible reformer for a portable Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) power generation system used in the battlefields. The fuel reformer is non-catalytic and can operate with different fuels including methanol, propane, and JP fuels, without suffering catalyst degradation common to catalytic-based fuel reformers. The impurities in the fuel (i.e., sulfur compounds) will be converted into hydrogen sulfide (H2S) during the reforming process, and then removed by a metal oxide based sorbent that can operate at the same temperature range as the SOFC. This avoids the need for cooling the reformate gas prior to desulfurization. By eliminating the need to cool and then reheat the reformate gas, the system overall size and weight can be decreased and system efficiency increased. Consequently, the proposed reforming system will provide the fuel flexibility needed to reduce the military's logistic burden and enable SOFC systems to operate with a broader range of available fuels.

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