Development of Catalysts for Unmixed Reforming

Period of Performance: 10/15/1998 - 08/15/1999


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Energy & Env. Res. Corp.
18 Mason Drove
Irvine, CA 92618
Principal Investigator


Since PEM fuel cells are much more efficient than motor generators, their use by U.S. Navy ships would greatly improve fuel economy. Use of fuel cells would also allow power to be generated where needed throughout the ship, eliminating the vulnerability of a central electrical power generator. Since fuel cells run on hydrogen, a process is needed to convert diesel (or other liquid fuel) to hydrogen. EER has been developing such a process, Unmixed Reforming, but to make the process fully satisfactory for use by the U.S. Navy, an improved catalyst is needed. The research proposed herewith will develop that improved catalyst.