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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory researchers have found a way for portable fuel cells to operate using even the dirtiest of fuels. When used in tandem with a JP-8 steam reformer (left), a compact desulfurization system (right) can purify even the most sulfur-laden fuels to make clean syngas.

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Document Title: JP-8 Steam Reformer
Category: Energy Production and Conservation
Media Type: Photos
Date of Image/Photo: June 2009
Background: A new system developed by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory allows portable fuel cells to operate using heavy, dirty, JP-8 fuel – key for soldiers stationed overseas. JP-8 is commonly used worldwide in military applications, and sulfur level in the fuel can vary considerably from region to region. Purifying the fuel and converting it into a product that can be used to power fuel cells poses a challenge while in the field. PNNL Scientist David King says production of clean hydrogen, or syngas, for portable fuel cells systems operating on JP-8 fuel is possible when using an integrated HDS/steam reformer system. The system is unique in its ability to operate at a small, portable scale, something that’s never been done before.
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