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Highly Integrated, Highly Efficient Fuel Reformer/Fuel Cell System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-13-C-0026
Agency Tracking Number: N101-033-0412
Amount: $999,212.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N101-033
Solicitation Number: 2010.1
Solicitation Year: 2012
Award Year: 2013
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2012-10-11
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2016-07-29
Small Business Information
410 Sackett Point Road
North Haven, CT 06473
United States
DUNS: 178154456
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Subir Roychoudhury
 Principal Scientist
 (203) 287-3700
Business Contact
 John Scanlon
Title: Finance Manager/Controlle
Phone: (203) 287-3700
Research Institution

A viable JP5/JP8-fueled fuel cell for UAV prime power offers potential for longer mission range and improved efficiency, stealth, performance, and reliability/availability/maintainability. In addition, the flexible electric power generation abilities of the fuel cell offer unique opportunities for expanded and sustained UAV mission capability from electrically-operated payloads. Precision Combustion, Incs. (PCI) ultra-compact, sulfur tolerant and durable Microlith fuel processors enable JP-5/JP-8 fueled operation of Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC) or High Temperature Polymer Electrolyte Membrane (HTPEM) fuel cells, resulting in a complete fuel cell power generation system, including balance of plant components. During Phase I, PCI examined various UAV fuel cell system approaches and their tradeoffs, and demonstrated the viability of developing a SOFC-based JP-8 fueled UAV system. A system concept was developed for an integrated fuel reformer and SOFC system and its suitability and space budget were evaluated for a UAV application. In Phase II, we will build on the Phase I system design to develop an integrated fuel cell power system for ground demonstration, ultimately leading to flight-ready demonstration.

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