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The Milli-Watt System Fuel Processor converts methanol into hydrogen and carbon dioxide and can be used in very small fuel cells to generate electric power. Developed by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, the Milli-Watt System Fuel Processor contains a catalytic combustor, a steam reformer, two vaporizers, and a recuperative heat exchanger embedded in a device no larger than a dime. It is the smallest integrated catalytic fuel reformer in the world.

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Document Title: Microscale Reformer
Category: Energy Production and Conservation
Media Type: Photos
Date of Image/Photo: Autumn 2002
Background: This technology can enable the development of compact, efficient fuel processing devices for the military and intelligence community and for consumers where portable electronics such as laptop computers, cellular phones, and portable digital assistants are seeing increasing use. Microtechnology may be the answer to the use of batteries to supply electrical power for long-duration missions.
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