Fuel Flexible Reformer

Period of Performance: 05/14/2012 - 11/14/2012


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Precision Combustion, Inc.
410 Sackett Point Road Array
North Haven, CT 06473
Principal Investigator


Precision Combustion, Inc. (PCI) proposes to develop an ultra-compact, fuel-flexible reformer, including balance-of-plant components, designed for operation with fuel cell stacks for 300 We portable power generator systems. The reformer technology will be based upon our novel proprietary high mass and heat transfer catalytic elements, which were demonstrated to be superior (i.e., more durable, higher sulfur tolerant, lighter, and smaller size) to existing technologies such as pellets, monoliths, foams, and microchannels. Additionally, the resulting reformer system will have high energy density and will offer a reduced weight burden and improved supply logistics for the soldier. The proposed design builds upon prior PCI work for U.S. DoD that has developed JP-8 reformers and fuel processors for larger fuel cell systems. In Phase I, potential system level solutions for the 300 We application will be evaluated and fully conserved system designs will be developed. Additionally, a breadboard fuel reformer will be developed and evaluated with a variety of fuels to verify fuel flexibility and feasibility for future integration with 300 We fuel cells.