Deployable Fuel Cell Power Generator - Multi-Fuel Processor
Final rept. 1 Oct 2002-2 Oct 2008
APPLIED RESEARCH ASSOCIATES INC TYNDALL AFB FL
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There are many applications for fuel cell electric generators. Auxiliary Power Unit APU to provide secondary power start up of the larger aircraft main engines. APU to provide power to large trucks cabins during stops to run air conditioning and refrigeration equipment to minimize CO2 emissions. Distributed power generation, where quiet electric generators are distributed to strategic locations to provide power to residential subdivisions and industrial compounds to cut down on transmission cost, power losses, and emissions are applications well suited for fuel cells technology. For practical reasons, these power generators would use the fuel available in the applications. APUs will use the same fuel of the main engine which is jet fuel kerosene in the case of aircraft and diesel or biodiesel in the case of large trucks distributed power fuel cells will use available fuel such as natural gas methane or propane. The ability to reform multitude of fuels can accelerate the introduction of more efficient and quiet fuel cell electric generators into power applications. This report describes the demonstration of the direct steam reforming technology and its results in reforming of JP-8, Synthetic jet fuel S-8, diesel, biodiesel, and propane.
- Electric Power Production and Distribution