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Novel Reformation Process
Our research group developed a novel process technology that is ideal for on-site, on-demand hydrogen generation from non-conventional feedstocks such as military logistics fuel, JP-8. The process can handle fuels with very high sulfur contents without any technical difficulty. The novel process is based on non-catalytic, condensed-phase reformation of liquid hydrocarbons such as jet fuel, diesel, ethanol, etc. The process has the following merits:
Our team has designed and successfully operated three continuous reactor systems based on the above technology. The first-generation reactor was made of Inconel 625 alloy, whereas the second generation reactor was made of Haynes 230 alloy. The third-generation reactor system was made of Haynes 282 alloy and adopted additional enhancements in its design. The process has been successfully operated on a variety of feed hydrocarbons.
The recent effort on JP-8 reformation has been supported by funding from the U.S. Army through a subcontract from DRS Technical Services, Inc. The recent effort on ethanol reformation has been funded by U.S. Department of Transportation by a UTC Grant. The recent effort on development of a more robust multi-fuel reformer system was funded by the Leonard Wood Institute (LWI) and the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL).