Clean Gas Reformer - A Compact Fuel Reformer for Undersea Vehicle Fuel Cells

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$69,979.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00014-04-M-0300
Award Id:
70471
Agency Tracking Number:
N045-034-0153
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
2-X Gill Street, Woburn, MA, 01801
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
072470961
Principal Investigator:
ValerieBloomfield
VP Engineering
(781) 935-1333
valerie.bloomfield@analytic-power.com
Business Contact:
AnnBloomfield
Vice President
(781) 935-1333
ann.bloomfield@analytic-power.com
Research Institute:
Tufts University
Ronald Goldner
4 Colby Street
Medford, MA, 02155
(617) 627-4358
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Diesel fuel is a primary candidate for use aboard submarines. It has a high energy density and it is already in the Navy inventory. Fuel cells are attractive for submarines from an energy density perspective. Unfortunately, in hydrocarbon reforming power systems, the fuel cell power density is overshadowed by the fuel processing system which is often several times the size and cost of the fuel cell. The system complexity decreases efficiency. Hydrocarbon reformate contains unacceptable amounts of impurities, such as carbon oxides and ammonia, which have been shown to adversely affect the life of PEM cells. Diesel fuel reformate has a low hydrogen concentration resulting in large shift converters and selective oxidizers. The Clean Gas Reformer (CGR) addresses the deficiencies of conventional fuel processors and integrates efficiently with a PEM fuel cell. The CGR combines an ATR with a novel hydrogen separator - glass - resulting in fuel cell reactant gas that is clean and 100% hydrogen, increasing performance, lifetime and reliability. Based on MEMS technology, the ATR is a simple, reliable method of generating syngas from diesel fuel. The CGR supplies pure hydrogen to the fuel cell.

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