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Micro Fuel Cell (MFC) for Micro Air Vehicle (MAV) Power

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
78485
Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F061-144-3387
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
CUSTOM MANUFACTURING & ENGINEERING, INC.
3690 70th Avenue North Pinellas Park, FL -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Micro Fuel Cell (MFC) for Micro Air Vehicle (MAV) Power
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA8651-06-M-0194
Award Amount: $99,933.00
 

Abstract:

In this proposal, an integrated in situ hydrogen production and Micro Fuel Cell (MFC) for Micro Air Vehicle (MAV) Power will be developed. The system can replace conventional battery powered MAVs, with the added benefit of longer range. The system will also be capable of recharging or replenishing fuel. This system consists of four parts: (1) An in situ hydrogen generation subsystem, (2) a power generation subsystem, (3) a thermal management system, and (4) a power management system. The novelty of this research lies in the fact that the entire system is being considered from a systems engineering viewpoint with realistic constraints. Past work has typically focused on only one subsystem and the interaction between systems has been ignored. At the end of this research, a virtual prototype of an integrated in situ hydrogen production and fuel cell system that is capable of operating onboard a MAV will be developed. The virtual prototype developed in this research project will provide the key systems integration parameters necessary for building a prototype vehicle as part of a Phase II SBIR effort. The Phase I will develop a model prototype for simulation.

Principal Investigator:

Richard Sidley
Manager, Electrical Engineering
7275479799
rsidley@custom-mfg-eng.com

Business Contact:

Nancy Crews
President
7275479799
ncrews@custom-mfg-eng.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

CUSTOM MANUFACTURING & ENGINEERING, INC.
2904 44th Avenue North St. Petersburg, FL 33714

EIN/Tax ID: 593406888
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No