Novel Catalytic Reactor for CO2 Reduction via Sabatier Process

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX10CF25P
Agency Tracking Number: 095312
Amount: $99,994.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solitcitation Year: 2009
Solitcitation Topic Code: X2.01
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Precision Combustion, Inc.
410 Sackett Point Road, North Haven, CT, 06473-3106
Duns: 178154456
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Christian Junaedi
 Principal Investigator
 (203) 287-3700
 cjunaedi@precision-combustion.com
Business Contact
 John Scanlon
Title: Finance Manager/Controller
Phone: (203) 287-3700
Email: jscanlon@precision-combustion.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Precision Combustion, Inc. (PCI) proposes to develop a novel, efficient, and lightweight catalytic Sabatier CO2 methanation unit, capable of converting a mixture of CO2 and H2 to methane and water with targeted CO2 conversions of ≥90% at high throughputs and at low operating temperatures (≤350oC). In the spacecraft cabin air revitalization system (ARS), the utilization of CO2 to produce life support consumables, such as O2 and H2O, via Sabatier process as part of the CO2 Reduction Assembly (CRA) is an important aspect for long-term manned space explorations. The maturation of this technology will significantly reduce the need of re-supply from Earth. Sabatier reaction is highly exothermic and is limited by the thermodynamic equilibrium; therefore, the ability to control and maintain axial reactor temperature and catalyst surface temperature is crucial for obtaining good reactor performance and preventing catalyst deactivation. The proposed program will build on the short contact time kinetic benefits of MicrolithREG technology (patented and trademarked by PCI) and PCI's proven catalyst coating development process from prior NASA programs, to demonstrate a proof-of-concept toward delivering a modular, compact, and durable Sabatier CO2 reduction prototype to NASA.

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