Fuel Cell Processor Testing & Development
Office of Automotive Engineering

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image of how, using infrared spectroscopy, SwRI engineers evaluate fuel processor performance and system design

Using infrared spectroscopy, engineers evaluate fuel processor performance and system design.

The key to many effective fuel cell systems is the fuel processor. Designed to provide the fuel cell with hydrogen for electrical energy production, the processor converts hydrocarbon fuel to hydrogen, producing some waste components.

Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) addresses a wide range of fuel processor components, including:

  • Fuel vaporizers
  • Reformers
  • Desulfurizers
  • Water-gas shift reactors
  • Preferential oxidation catalysts
  • System heat exchangers
  • Hydrogen purification membranes

Fuel Research Experience

With more than 50 years of experience in fuel research and testing, we provide extensive support in resolving fuel cell problems, such as:

  • Reformate constituency, including H2, CO, CO2, aldehydes, and sulfur species
  • Fuel purity, including CO2 and sulfur contamination
  • Coking
  • Catalyst poisoning
  • Efficiency evaluation
  • Fuel processor start-up performance

Related Terminology

fuel cells  •  fuel cell integration  •  fuel cell systems  •  stationary fuel cell

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Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®), headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, is a multidisciplinary, independent, nonprofit, applied engineering and physical sciences research and development organization with 9 technical divisions.