Advanced Small, Lightweight Multi-Fueled 1,000 - 1,500 W Variable Speed Load Following Man-Portable Power Unit

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15P7T-12-C-A117
Agency Tracking Number: A121-048-0476
Amount: $99,921.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: A12-048
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
 Subir Roychoudhury
 Director, Microlith Products
 (203) 287-3700
Business Contact
 John Scanlon
Title: Finance Manager/Controller
Phone: (203) 287-3700
Research Institution
Precision Combustion, Inc. (PCI) proposes an ultra-compact JP-8 conversion kit that will enable a lightweight spark-ignited engine as a man portable multi-fueled power unit, while also advancing a breakthrough cross-cutting add-on reformer technology that could broadly enable lightweight spark-ignited engines to use JP-8 for a wide variety of applications. Achieving the man portable weight goals requires enabling a commercially available, spark-ignited engine to operate effectively on JP-8 or diesel. But JP-8 is a low octane fuel, inherently unsuitable for spark-ignition due to knocking and preignition. Precision Combustion, Inc. (PCI) proposes an alternative Microlith ICEPOX catalytic partial oxidation reformer approach that chemically increases the octane number to the 90+ range, suitable for operation of SI engines. This extremely compact (1/2 c-cell battery size) octane-boosting reactor uses a waterless catalytic nanomaterial partial oxidation (CPOX) process to instantaneously (order of milliseconds) vaporize the fuel and break down a portion of the JP-8 into a mixture of H2, CO and smaller chain hydrocarbons, resulting in a fuel stream with an octane number ~90, suitable for use in SI engines.

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