Precision Combustion Selected for 2015 Tibbetts Award

May 28, 2015

(North Haven, CT) Precision Combustion, Inc. (PCI) of North Haven, CT, is pleased to announce its selection as a 2015 winner of the Tibbetts Award, which honors high-tech small businesses for excellence in research and development for the Federal government and for their success in innovating new technology and products. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) in 2015 has selected 23 small businesses for this award from among the participants in the Federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.

From the SBA news release: “The 2015 Tibbetts Award recipients will be formally honored in Washington, DC, on June 15 during a White House ceremony… Tibbetts Awardees will also be honored at the June 16 kickoff of the National SBIR/STTR Conference where thousands of the best and brightest in the innovation ecosystem convene annually.” [Link to the SBA announcement].

Precision Combustion, Inc. (PCI) is a clean energy technology company developing and manufacturing advanced performance catalytic reactors and systems for energy, defense and environmental applications. Started upon winning two SBIR projects, PCI has grown to become a world leader in innovative catalytic system technology, with 35 employees, 80 U.S. patents, multiple licensees and a wide customer base comprising both large and small businesses as well as the U.S. government. Applications include high performance Microlith® fuel reformers and other innovative catalytic chemical reactor systems, enhanced stability catalytic combustors, regenerable air filters, and catalytic steam generators.

A notable success has been PCI’s innovative catalytic fuel reforming technologies, which enable unique performance and high efficiency. Applications include fuel cells and hydrogen generation as well as new spinoff opportunities in internal combustion engines, including fuel flexibility improvements. These Microlith® Compact Logistics Fuel Processor® reformers, derived from technology from National Science Foundation SBIRs and initially developed with Army and Navy SBIRs, combine novel, short contact time catalysts with unique process intensified reactor design and balance of plant. These allow military and commercial fuel cells to efficiently use liquid fuels, including military logistics fuels containing sulfur such as JP-8. This technology enables practical military use of emerging efficient, quiet and high reliability fuel cells; and improves the logistics of fuel supply in the battlefield. Commercial applications are driven by interest in using conventional liquid fuels and natural gas instead of hydrogen, as well as in energy efficiency and clean emissions.

PCI’s clean energy technology has advanced American energy efficiency and energy independence while improving environmental impacts and creating American jobs. “This is a high performance team with very capable individuals and great teamwork, and I’m very pleased the work is receiving this recognition,” said PCI President Kevin Burns. “We’ve combined a track record of serial innovations and excellent engineering with effective collaboration both inside and outside the company to create new and valuable solutions for customers. The SBIR program has given us the opportunity to innovate, and we’ve been able to leverage SBIR project results with strategic partner and customer interest to create novel technologies and develop them forward into high value products meeting customer's needs.”

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