Spontaneous Conversion of JP-8 and DF-2 to Gaseous SOFC Fuel

Period of Performance: 09/30/1998 - 01/31/2001

$750K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Eltron Research, Inc.
4600 Nautilus Court South
Boulder, CO 80301
Principal Investigator

Research Topics

Abstract

This program is addressing the application of a new generation of mixed oxygen anion and electron conducting Catalytic Membrane Reactor technology for promoting the partial oxidation of JP-8 DF-2 logistic fuels into a gaseous fuel mixture of CO and H2 compatible for subsequent introduction into the anode compartment of a solid oxide fuel cell. These membranes behave as short circuited electrochemical cells with both ionic and electronic transport proceeding through the membrane bulk. The Phase II program will focus on the issues of long-term stability, both in terms of catalysis and membranes, as well as reactor process design. Successful completion of the Phase II experimental work will result in the identification of preferred fuel partial oxidation catalyst and reactor design and process operating conditions for the efficient partial oxidation of logistic fuels to synthesis gas. Additionally, a 1/5th scale multi-tube prototype fuel partial oxidation reactor will be fabricated and its performance evaluated.