North Haven fuel company Precision Combustion, Inc. has received special recognition from the U.S. Navy for helping provide power to remote military activities.
The U.S. Navy labeled PCI as a Small Business Innovation Research Success Story because of the company's success in transition technology to real-world military applications.
In 2004, PCI development a new Microlith processor to reform conventional military fuel to a hydrogen-rich fuel that can be used in fuel cells. The company now has fuel processor that can accommodate fuel cells for individual soldiers, mobile generators and large auxiliary power units for ships.
Fuel cells are an important development in military action because generating electricity is vital to operations and safety, and traditional fuel can be hard to come by at forward locations. The U.S. Department of Defense estimates it spends $400 per gallon of fuel when factoring costs related to tankers, ports, fuel trucks, convoys and troop support to protect the convoys.
As a result of its work with the military, PCI's employment for fuel processors has grown 10-fold.
"We are grateful for the opportunities we have been given through the Navy SBIR program, and look forward to delivering fuel processors meeting the Navy's acquisition needs," PCI's President Kevin Burns said in a press release.