U.S. Army Selects PCI's JP-8 Gasifier and Fuel Reformer for SBIR Phase II Award
NORTH HAVEN, CT -- (June 22, 2005) -- Precision Combustion, Inc. (PCI) announced today that it has been awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II contract for development of a "JP-8 Gasifier and Pre-Reformer."
The premixed combustion of military logistic fuels in fuel cell or internal combustion engine systems poses significant problems due to the propensity of the fuel to form deposits of coke when vaporized at high temperatures. During the Phase I program PCI, developed and demonstrated a compact, fast-transient response logistic-fuel reforming reactor integrated with fuel injection, vaporization and mixing features which reformed JP-8 into hydrogen-rich syngas without coking.
The Phase II program is monitored by U.S. Army TACOM and is focused on developing and demonstrating a 5 kWe prototype fuel reformer operating on low sulfur diesel. The reformer is expected to be less than 2 cubic feet in volume and weigh less than 5 kilograms. The targeted application is for vehicle solid oxide fuel cell APUs but could be easily scaled and adapted for other applications such as stationary PEM and molten carbonate fuel cells.
Dr. Subir Roychoudhury, PCI's Principal Investigator for the program commented, "This program will allow us to build upon what we have learned during the successful Phase I program and previous successful programs for reforming methanol at the 500 watt scale and reforming JP-8 at 20 watt and 5 kWe scales." Kevin Burns, PCI's President added, "This contract will fund PCI's efforts to continue development of logistic fuel reforming component technology in sizes of interest to our current fuel cell and fuel reformer system integration customers. In addition, PCI is pursuing other applications for our reformer components with commercial and military product manufacturers."
Precision Combustion, Inc. (www.precision-combustion.com) is a clean energy technology company developing a range of catalytic devices and systems for clean and efficient combustion, pollution control and the chemical process industry. PCI currently focuses on RCL® catalytic combustors for gas turbines and for downhole steam generation, and Microlithfast response catalytic reactors for fuel reformers and fuel processors, IC engine emissions aftertreatment, chemical reactors, and other applications. Customers of PCI include gas turbine, aerospace system, IC engine, fuel cell system, and fuel reformer manufacturers as well as the U.S. government.
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