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An Advanced Onboard Fuel Reformer for Fuel Cell Vehicles

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 26758
Amount: $98,864.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 1994
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
184 Cedar Hill Street
Marlborough, MA 01752
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Jae Ryu
 (508) 481-5058
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Research Institution

Aspen Systems proposes an advanced onboard high purity hydrogen production subsystem for fuel cell vehicles. Ultrahigh purity hydrogen will be produced from liquid hydrocarbons utilizing a novel catalytic-membrane-based fuel reformer. The ultra-high purity hydrogen will be perfectly suitable for PEM fuel cell operation for environmentally acceptable and tactically favorable means of power generation. Aspen's reformer offers potential benefits of system simplicity, high modularity and high fuel conversion efficiency. In Phase I, we will experimentally demonstrate the superior hydrogen permselectivity ofthe catalytic membranes at elevated temperatures. We will also demonstrate the feasibility of producing high purity hydrogen from liquid fuels utilizing a catalytic membrane easily scaleable, cost effective onboard fuel reformer, and integrated hybrid power source for fuel cell vehicles. Anticipated Benefits: Largest commercial market will be automobile industries. By incorporating with well-developed PEM fuel cells, the proposed advanced reformer can supply power for the zero emission vehicles (ZEV). In addition, there will be a number of DOD applications, such as high power density power sources for remote site operations, silent watch, communications, etc.

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