Compact and Efficient Logistic Fuel (CELF) Reformer

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$729,761.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W911QX-05-C-0016
Agency Tracking Number:
A032-3243
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
ALTEX TECHNOLOGIES CORP.
650 Nuttman Road, Santa Clara, CA, 95054
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
118594928
Principal Investigator:
Mehdi Namazian
Vice President
(408) 982-2303
mehdi@altextech.com
Business Contact:
John Kelly
President
(408) 982-2302
john@altextech.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
To effectively use fuel cells in military and commercial applications, diesel fuel and JP-8 need to be reformed in a reliable and highly efficient reformer. Altex Technologies Corporation (Altex) and Pennsylvania State University (PSU) have identified the Compact and Efficient Logistic Fuel (CELF) Reformer that overcomes the fuel sulfur and carbon formation tendencies of logistic fuels and transforms these into a reformate suitable for SOFCs. Under a Phase I SBIR effort, analysis and testing was used to show the feasibility of CELF Reformer. In particular, the substantial JP-8 data generated under a DARPA supported Logistic Fuel Preprocessor and Reformer were augmented with diesel fuel testing and design analysis to show the feasibility of developing a 2 kWe compact and efficient reformer for SOFC applications. Under the proposed Phase II SBIR effort this design will be refined, CELF components will be fabricated, tested and integrated to demonstrate the CELF operation on JP-8 and diesel fuels. After this laboratory demonstration, the unit will be delivered to the Army Research Laboratory for independent testing.

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