CATALYTIC MEMBRANE REACTOR FOR THE PRODUCTION OF HYDROGEN FROM BUTANOL

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-11-C-0025
Agency Tracking Number: A10A-009-0132
Amount: $99,869.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: A10A-T009
Solicitation Number: 2010.A
Small Business Information
InnovaTek, Inc.
350 Hills Street, Suite 104, Richland, WA, 99354
DUNS: 004865247
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Qimin Ming
 Director, Sustainable Power
 (509) 375-1093
 ming@tekkie.com
Business Contact
 Patricia Irving
Title: President & CEO
Phone: (509) 375-1093
Email: irving@tekkie.com
Research Institution
 Indiana University
 John W Talbott
 Office of Research Admin
620 Union Drive, Room 518
Indianapolis, IN, 46202
 (317) 278-3473
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
A compact and efficient fuel processor that provides clean hydrogen from a high energy density liquid fuel such as butanol will allow fuel cell technology to be realized in military and commercial markets for portable applications. InnovaTek, and its proposal partner Indiana - Purdue University, will build on their combined experience in catalytic reforming to develop catalysts that are optimized for a micro structured membrane reactor that converts butanol to hydrogen for use by a PEM fuel cell to generate electricity. A proprietary partial oxidation catalyst that resists sintering and coking will be developed to assure a long lifetime for the reactor. InnovaTek’s fuel reformer will be designed using hydrogen-permeable membrane technology developed in collaboration with Pall Corporation to offer unique characteristics, including compactness, extremely efficient heat transfer, and sufficient hydrogen purity for a PEM fuel cell. If successfully developed, the proposed technology would represent a significant advancement in one of the critical steps required to achieving portable power generation from renewable fuels.

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