Development of a Butanol Fuel Processor for Person-Portable Fuel Cell Power Systems

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$99,869.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W911NF-11-C-0015
Award Id:
94890
Agency Tracking Number:
A10A-009-0168
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
ARMY 10T009
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
3 Great Pasture Rd., Danbury, CT, 06813
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
050627884
Principal Investigator:
Stephen Jolly
System Design Engineer
(203) 830-7519
sjolly@fce.com
Business Contact:
Ross Levine, Esq.
Dir., Gvmt Contracts & Corp. Legal
(203) 825-6057
rlevine@fce.com
Research Institution:
University of Minnesota
Lanny Schmidt
151 Amundson Hall
421 Washington Ave. SE
Minneapolis, MN, 55455
(612) 625-9391
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
FuelCell Energy, Inc., in collaboration with the University of Minnesota, is proposing to develop an innovative fuel processor for person-portable fuel cell power system applications. The system will be designed to reform butanol into a hydrogen-rich stream suitable for use in a low-temperature Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cell. The technical approach will focus on the development of a novel catalyst for the partial oxidation of butanol. Thermodynamic analyses will be performed to define the optimal system operating conditions, such as temperature(s) and air to fuel ratio(s). The catalyst design will be optimized and demonstrated in a laboratory-scale environment. A scaled-up fuel processor system design will be developed to supply a 75W PEM fuel cell with high-purity hydrogen for at least 72 hours. Integrated, multi-staged catalyst and heat transfer sections are envisioned to create a lightweight and compact package. 3-D Computer Aided Design (CAD) modeling will be performed to visualize and optimize the size and weight of the system. Results of this study will be applied to a more detailed design, development, and demonstration effort in Phase II.

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