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Advanced Fast-electronic Power Control System for Fuel Cell

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
67718
Program Year/Program:
2005 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F041-194-2764
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: Advanced Fast-electronic Power Control System for Fuel Cell
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA8650-05-C-2539
Award Amount: $750,000.00
 

Abstract:

A robust power architecture and control scheme was developed in Phase I that provides a smooth power flow from fuel cell/battery to the load. The key element was a low cost bi-directional power converter control system. The proof-of concept of the system was validated for a 1st generation low power design and a 2nd generation high power design was developed. The design blocks for achieving the desired system performance, efficiency, stability and reliability were determined. In Phase II, the design blocks developed in Phase I will be upgraded to support high power and voltage loads (5kW at 48 VDC). The power systems transient response capability will be determined. A regenerative system will be considered and analyzed that is capable of supporting the 5kW bi-directional power converter. In Phase II a prototype hybrid power module that employs fuel cells, batteries, and efficient fast switching bi-directional power converter electronic system will be developed. The proposed targeted bi-directional electronic circuit should yield at least 95 % efficiency, capable to handle power of up to 5kw, and with ability to be connected in parallel to provide for higher power capabilities. The developed unit will be delivered to the Air Force at the end of the program.

Principal Investigator:

R.O.Loutfy
President
5205741980
rloutfy@mercorp.com

Business Contact:

J. C. Withers
CEO
5205741980
mercorp@mercorp.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

MATERIALS & ELECTROCHEMICAL RESEARCH (ME
7960 S. Kolb Rd. Tucson, AZ 85706

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