Gas Phase Sulfur Sensor for JP-8 Fueled Auxiliary Power Generation System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911QX-10-C-0011
Agency Tracking Number: A092-043-1049
Amount: $120,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solitcitation Year: 2009
Solitcitation Topic Code: A09-043
Solitcitation Number: 2009.2
Small Business Information
NexTech Materials, Ltd.
404 Enterprise Dr., Lewis Center, OH, 43035
Duns: 927606251
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Lora Thrun
 Director of Commercialization
 (614) 842-6606
Business Contact
 William Dawson
Title: President/CEO
Phone: (614) 842-6606
Research Institution
Demand for fuel-efficient and reliable electrical power is escalating within the U.S. military. Fuel cells, which provide compact, efficient and energy-dense power, could find immediate application as portable battery chargers, auxiliary power units for silent-watch missions, and primary power for unmanned vehicles. For successful implementation of fuel cells operating on JP-8 logistics fuel, sensors must be developed to continuously monitor sulfur levels in the reformed fuel stream and protect the fuel cell stack from sulfur poisoning. Hydrogen sulfide sensors are commercially available, but they operate in ambient air and at temperatures much lower than those of fuel cell applications. NexTech Materials has established a unique ceramic materials technology platform for detecting H2S concentrations at ppb levels in reducing gas streams. In this project, NexTech will adapt its H2S sensor technology to gas-phase sensing of H2S and COS in reformed JP-8 fuels. Phase I efforts will focus on optimizing and demonstrating the H2S sensor technology for monitoring reformed JP-8 fuel streams, derived from different fuel processing approaches. Promising sensor formulations will be further evaluated against key application requirements. In a Phase I Option, a sensor prototype will be designed and developed for system-level demonstration in Phase II.

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