JP-8 Fueled Low Temperature Pre-Reformer and SOFC System (LTPR-SOFC) For Portable Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W909MY-06-C-0010
Agency Tracking Number: A052-075-2961
Amount: $117,781.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: A05-075
Solicitation Number: 2005.2
Small Business Information
244 Sobrante Way, Sunnyvale, CA, 94086
DUNS: 183365410
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mehdi Namazian
 Vice President
 (408) 328-8303
 mehdi@altextech.com
Business Contact
 John Kelly
Title: President
Phone: (408) 328-8302
Email: john@altextech.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Low temperature Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC) operating on JP-8 and other distillate fuels are the ideal power sources for all applications, especially for portable power applications. By operating at lower temperature (400-600 C) these systems have faster response, quicker startup, better longevity, less heat loss, lower thermal signature, higher system efficiency and lower cost. Altex and Evogy have teamed up to develop the portable Low Temperature Pre-Reformer and SOFC (LTPR-SOFC) that can efficiently and reliably operate on JP-8 fuel. LTPR-SOFC combines the Altex's proven distillate fuel pre-reforming technology that operates at or around 550 C with Evogy's proven low temperature SOFC technology, which also operates at or around 550 C, to reliably convert JP-8 to power. By matching the prereforming and SOFC temperatures operation, the system design is simplified and the heat loss is minimized. Also by operating at 550 C, the interconnect lifetime in improved, the system startup time is reduced and the system thermal degradation is minimized, thus enhancing the system reliability and longevity. Under the Phase I, a 1 kWe LTPR-SOFC will be designed and a subscale unit will be fabricated and tested on JP-8. These activities will provide the basis for developing, fabricating, demonstrating and delivering a 1 kWe LTPR-SOFC to the Army under Phase II.

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