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

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-04-M-0300
Agency Tracking Number: N045-034-0153
Amount: $99,966.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: N04-T034
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
2-X Gill Street, Woburn, MA, 01801
DUNS: 072470961
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Valerie Bloomfield
 VP Engineering
 (781) 935-1333
Business Contact
 Ann Bloomfield
Title: Vice President
Phone: (781) 935-1333
Research Institution
 Tufts University
 Ronald Goldner
 4 Colby Street
Medford, MA, 02155
 (617) 627-4358
 Nonprofit college or university
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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