New Fuel-Flexible Reforming Technology Helps Military Move Toward Hydrogen Economy
May 16, 2007 – ATLANTA, GA
nGimat has been awarded a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research contract with the US Air Force to build upon its successful process for using nanoparticle-based multifunctional reforming catalysts to make hydrogen both from jet fuel and natural gas. This is a two-year contract with funding of $750,000. The need for hydrogen on demand in portable power military applications has driven the Air Force to invest in a single hydrogen reformer that can both use jet fuels for war theater applications overseas and natural gas for stateside situations.
Over the past year, nGimat proved the concept of using nanoparticles to reform both feedstocks at lower temperatures, thus eliminating the need for a large refinery to complete the process. “We have demonstrated significant reforming capabilities at reaction temperatures of 600 degrees Celsius and below,” said Andrew Hunt, CEO of nGimat. “Our goal now is to raise PEM (Proton Exchange Membrane) quality hydrogen generation capacity by optimizing catalytic behavior,” he explains. To achieve PEM quality fuel, nGimat will eliminate carbon monoxide and sulfur species from the fuel stream using proprietary nano-based sorbents and catalysts, which concurrently occupy the bed along with the reforming catalyst.
nGimat is working to create the prototype for the physical system that will put the technology to work on the battlefield, and is also pursuing commercial clients in the refining and electronic industries in need of fuel-versatile field-ready reforming.
Through its core technology of NanoSpraySM Combustion Processing, nGimat is a cost-effective manufacturer and innovator of nanoEngineered MaterialsSM in the following areas: nanopowders, thin films and devices. The Company currently has a portfolio of 42 U.S. patents, 67 non-U.S. patents, and is processing over 90 patent applications.