HydrogenSource has completed a prototype off-the-shelf stand-alone fuel processing system (FPS) for small stationary, Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cell power plants.
The Vega 5, as it is called, is capable of generating enough hydrogen reformate from natural gas to power a 5 kW fuel cell power plant.
Fuel processing systems are devices that convert fossil fuels, such as natural gas or gasoline, into a mixture of hydrogen and other gases. The hydrogen is then supplied to the fuel cell as one of the ingredients for its electrochemical process.
The Vega 5 utilizes HydrogenSource’s patented Catalytic Partial Oxidation (CPO) technology to reform hydrocarbon fuels. It will be available for evaluation by interested parties in June 2003.
‘The Vega 5 is designed to offer a fuel processing solution to fuel cell companies targeting premium power, UPS, back up and residential markets,’ said Larry Holland, HydrogenSource’s vice president of marketing and business development.
‘The Vega 5 will be available with its own packaging container for independent operation or may be easily incorporated into a fuel cell platform with little or no alteration required.’
HydrogenSource will display a full-scale model with actual system components of the Vega 5 at the upcoming Fuel Cell Seminar in Palm Springs, California this month. The company is planning to develop a similar system capable of reforming LPG, which will be available in 2004.
HydrogenSource is a joint venture between Shell Hydrogen US, a division of Shell Oil Products Company and UTC Fuel Cells, part of United Technologies’ UTC Power Unit.