Naval Aviation Logistic Fuel Desulfurizer

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-07-M-0011
Agency Tracking Number: N062-152-0914
Amount: $99,861.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: N06-152
Solicitation Number: 2006.2
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
Business Contact
 John Kelly
Title: President
Phone: (408) 328-8302
Research Institution
Altex Technologies Corporation and Penn State University (PSU) have developed and demonstrated desulfurizers from 20 watts to 10 kWe for different logistic fuels and different fuel cell applications. In particular a 10 kWe Logistic Fuel Sulfur Removal (LFSR) system has been developed for Navy shipboard applications that effectively removes sulfur from JP-5. While LFSR is effective in desulfurizing JP-5, it is not directly applicable to aviation applications. Naval aviation requires a desulfurizer that is ultra compact, light weight, fast start, and flight worthy to 70,000 altitude and is able to withstand flight vibration and potential crash shock. All these requirements are met by the proposed Naval Aviation Logistic Fuel Desulfurizer (NAVLFD) that will effectively reduce the JP-5 sulfur from 3000 ppmw to a level suitable for PEM fuel cell. Innovations are included to make the system ultra compact, flight worthy, vibration and shock proof and meet other stringent aviation requirements. Under the proposed Phase I, the NAVAIR and ONR inputs will be used to refine the NAVLFD design. A breadboard unit will be developed, fabricated, tested and delivered for independent testing. This unit will not be optimized for weight and volume but will be a reasonably compact NAVLFD that will receive JP-5 and clean it to below 1 ppmw sulfur level. During a successful Phase II, the unit will be refined and optimized to and improved to deliver a flight worthy NAVLFD.

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