PCI Awarded Army Phase I SBIR Contract for Ethanol Reforming
NORTH HAVEN, CT -- (November 8, 2006) -- Precision Combustion, Inc. (PCI) announced today that it has been awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I contract for development of a novel, durable, sulfur tolerant catalyst for ethanol reforming.
The 2005 Army Energy Campaign Plan calls for increased use of renewable energy and alternative fuels at Army installations. Hydrogen produced from commercially available ethanol based fuels such as E85 (85% ethanol, 15% gasoline) or E95 (95% ethanol, 5% gasoline) will be a key source for this alternative/renewable energy. When integrated with fuel cell technology, the hydrogen from reforming ethanol will enable the generation and distribution of clean electricity, enhance energy security by lessoning dependence on foreign oil, and eliminate further strain on limited domestic natural gas supplies. The challenge for this program lies in developing the reforming catalysts that are sufficiently active with good long-term stability in the presence of sulfur in E85 or E95 fuels.
MicrolithTM catalytic reactors have already been demonstrated for use in catalytic partial oxidation (CPOX) and autothermal reforming (ATR) and are being developed for logistics fuel reforming in DOD-funded SBIR and other programs. This new program will build upon these existing programs to address the requirements of reforming an ethanol-based fuel containing sulfur.
Kevin Burns, PCI's President commented, "The ability to reform an ethanol based fuel adds yet another advantage that our Microlith® catalytic technology brings to the fuel cell industry. This builds on our ability to catalytically reform natural gas, propane and logistics fuels such as diesel and JP-8 with sulfur tolerance and without coking." This new SBIR program will extend our capability to reforming a renewable fuel, and will provide a good addition to our fuel reforming technology portfolio for gaseous and liquid fuels.
Precision Combustion, Inc. (www.precision-combustion.com) is a clean energy technology company developing and manufacturing a range of catalytic devices and systems for energy sector applications. PCI products include RCL® ultra-low NOx catalytic combustors for gas turbines, high heat rate downhole steam generators for heavy oil production, and Microlithcompact, high efficiency catalytic reactors and systems for fuel processors, fuel cell systems, compact burners, IC engine emissions aftertreatment, chemical reactors, adsorption-based air cleaning and other applications. Customers of PCI include gas turbine, aerospace system, engine and fuel cell system manufacturers as well as the U.S. government.
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