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A Wearable Battery Cloth

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Homeland Security
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
90011
Program Year/Program:
2009 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
0921110
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
FlexEl, LLC
387 Technology Dr, #2101 College Park, MD 20742-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: A Wearable Battery Cloth
Agency: DHS
Contract: N10PC20032
Award Amount: $99,962.00
 

Abstract:

Hydrated ruthenium oxide has demonstrated outstanding volumetric charge storage capability. It is non-toxic, environmentally safe, and when used with an oxidizing counter-electrode, becomes part of a galvanic cell (a battery). Ruthenium oxide and many oxidizing metals, like zinc, are available as nano-particulate powers. They combine to form highly flexible batteries with excellent current sourcing capabilities. We have built a thin film battery with the highest reported current density of any thin film cell. The major barrier to acceptance of this material system is cost. In the past, 1 m2 of the battery material could cost one hundred thousand dollars. We propose a manufacturing technique that can lower costs to less than one hundred dollars per m2. It is based on a coating approach that forms continuous layers of nano-particles whose thickness is close to that of a single nano-particle diameter. Thin, coated sheets can be pulled through the coater at a rate of meters squared a minute. The resulting sheets are easily assembled into mechanically flexible batteries or capacitors. The goal of the proposed program is to create a wearable battery cloth capable of powering first responder gear for times much longer than that of a typical responder mission.

Principal Investigator:

Bob Proctor
7036272077
bob.proctor@flexelinc.com

Business Contact:

Martin Peckerar
3014057187
marty.peckerar@flexelinc.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

FlexEl, LLC
387 Technology Drive College Park, MD 20742

EIN/Tax ID: 263160088
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No