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Simple High-Power Fuel Cell Based UPS

Award Information

Department of Defense
Air Force
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Program Year/Program:
2002 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2002
Title: Simple High-Power Fuel Cell Based UPS
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: F42650-02-C-0084
Award Amount: $749,946.00


"It has been demonstrated that the proposed concept of a fuel cell based UPS is a viable alternative to battery, flywheel, or combustion engine based solutions in the multi-kW range. The new UPS system combines completely instantaneous transfer responsewith high reliability and environmental friendliness. It can withstand large power surges for extended periods of time without adverse effects and is not limited by depth-of-discharge, high temperature, or cycle life limitations. A small prototype has beenbuilt and demonstrated to Airforce and UPS industry. In Phase II, two UPS prototypes will be built and independently tested. The fuel cell system will be integrated in existing UPS hardware provided by a leading UPS manufacturer as part of an ongoingcollaboration. Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) and installation and operation costs will be determined. Load power factor and load crest factor abilities will also be measured. A system design for 100+ kW will be established."

Principal Investigator:

Mathias Hecht
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Raouf O. Loutfy
Small Business Information at Submission:

Materials & Electrochemical Research
7960 S. Kolb Rd. Tucson, AZ 85706

EIN/Tax ID: 860530946
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No