U.S. Army Selects PCI's Logistic Fuel Micro-Reformer for SBIR Phase II Award
NORTH HAVEN, CT -- (August 18, 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 "Logistic Fuel Micro-reformer."
Reformation of military logistic fuels for fuel cells pose significant problems due to the propensity to form coke and catalyst deactivation due to sulfur in the fuel. During the Phase I program PCI, developed and demonstrated a compact, fast-transient response logistic-fuel reforming reactor which reformed JP-8 and diesel fuels into hydrogen-rich syngas without coking.
The Phase II program is monitored by U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) and is focused on developing and demonstrating a 2 kWe prototype fuel reformer operating on JP-8 and producing reformate with <1 ppm sulfur. The proposed prototype will include BOP and system control components as well as a replaceable de-sulfurization bed. The reformer size is expected to be ~1 ft3 resulting in high power density. The micro-reformer is projected to have an overall fuel conversion efficiency of ~70% (on a LHV basis). The targeted application is for solid oxide fuel cells but could be easily scaled and adapted for other applications such as PEM and molten carbonate fuel cells.
Kevin Burns, PCI's President commented, "This program will allow PCI to provide a compact, modular, packaged Reformer (inclusive of fuel preparation, steam generation and reforming reactor) capable of readily interfacing with fuel cell based power generator systems. In addition, PCI is pursuing other applications for the reformer 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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