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Thermally Robust Capacitors for the Drilling Industry

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
81190
Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
81021S06-I
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
COVALENT ASSOC., INC.
541 NW 11th Street Corvallis, OR 97330 6018
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Thermally Robust Capacitors for the Drilling Industry
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG02-06ER84598
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

In the oil and gas drilling industry, the temperature in deep wells can reach 250°C ¿ well beyond the temperature at which electrochemical double-layer capacitors (EDLCs) can be used to safely and reliably power instrumentation. In fact, at temperatures above 85°C, the performance of EDLCs rapidly degrades, due to the irreversible decomposition of their non-aqueous electrolyte. This project will develop a novel solution to the problem of EDLC electrolyte decomposition by replacing volatile organic solvents with a new class of thermally stable ionic liquid materials. These non-flammable materials are highly conductive and have been shown to possess remarkable thermochemical and electrochemical stability. Phase I will synthesize and qualify several ionic liquid materials for use in high temperature EDLCs. The new electrolytes will then be evaluated at elevated temperatures in well-engineered, wound EDLCs that have been designed specifically for the high-pulse-power output required by the drilling industry. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: The new materials should enable the development of a new class of thermally robust portable power sources that can operate in deep wells under conditions of high temperature and pressure. The technology should accelerate the drilling industry¿s ability to obtain domestic oil and natural gas at significantly greater depths than before, while concurrently reducing our reliance on imported oil and gas

Principal Investigator:

Victor R. Koch
Dr.
7819381140
koch@covalentassociates.com

Business Contact:

Linda M. Morrison
Mrs.
7819381140
morrison@covalentassociates.co
Small Business Information at Submission:

Covalent Associates, Inc.
10 State Street Woburn, MA 01801

EIN/Tax ID: 042752232
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No