Improved Combustion Efficiency and Reduction of Emissions of Compression Ignition Engines Using On-Board Non-Thermal Plasma Generated Hydrogen/Syngas

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15P7T-13-C-A501
Agency Tracking Number: A2-4999
Amount: $394,785.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: A11a-T023
Solicitation Number: 2011.A
Small Business Information
TX, College Station, TX, 77845-6023
DUNS: 184758308
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Ashwin Balasubramanian
 Group Leader
 (979) 764-2200
 ashwin.balasubramanian@lynntech.com
Business Contact
 G. Hisaw
Title: Sr. Contracts Administrator
Phone: (979) 764-2218
Email: renee.hisaw@lynntech.com
Research Institution
 West Virginia University
 Alan B Martin
 Research Corporation
886 Chestnut Ridge Road
Morgantown, WV, 26506-
 (304) 293-3998
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The Department of Defense (DOD) accounts for over 21 million barrels of oil usage per day, with a majority of the fuel being appropriated to JP-8. Among the military"s various armed forces, the Army alone spends over $4.1 billion for energy, with a major portion of this also attributed to JP-8 jet fuel consumption for maintaining operational capability on a daily basis. Diesel generators are currently operated with JP-8 due to the single fuel directive and generator fuel efficiencies consequentially suffer due to the substitution of diesel with JP-8 jet fuel. Lynntech has developed a JP-8 fuel reformer retrofit kit based on a non-thermal plasma discharge technology that reforms a small portion of the JP-8 supplied to the generator engine into hydrogen and lower hydrocarbon (HC) chains. When this reformate stream is injected into the air intake of the engine, it results in a more complete and efficient combustion. This technology was demonstrated to reduce overall fuel consumption (~4.5% reduction with light engine loading and advanced injection timing alone with potential for increased fuel reduction at other operating conditions) and decrease emissions (~42% hydrocarbon emission reduction with injection of 9% reformed gas) from the genset.

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