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Company Information:

Company Name: MaxPower, Inc.
City: Harleysville
State: PA
Zip+4: 19438-
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phone: (215) 256-4575

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $2,141,796.00 23
SBIR Phase II $11,154,517.00 18

Award List:

A Novel Approach for a High Energy Primary Lithium Cell

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dr. David L. Chua
Award Amount: $395,398.00
Abstract:
Recent investigations on metal oxide "hosts" have produced some very high-energy rechargeable cathodes. Even though most of these cathodes are still actively under Research and Development for secondary applications, some of these cathodes can now be seriously considered for at least the primary… More

A Novel Approach for a High Energy Primary Lithium Cell

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dr. David L. Chua
Award Amount: $134,866.00

Enzymatically Catalyzed Polymerization (ECP) - Derived Polymer Electrolyte for Rechargeable Li-Ion Batteries

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: David L. Chua, Ph.d.
Award Amount: $74,638.00
Abstract:
This Phase I effort involves synthesis of polymers via enzymatically catalyzed polymerization (ECP). ECP-derived polymers frequently have broad molecular weight distribution with branching, which can be beneficial for ionic conduction. Ionic conductivity approaching 10 -3 S/cm can be demonstrated… More

Low-Temperature Capable Polymer Battery

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: David L. Chua
Award Amount: $93,712.00
Abstract:
This proposal presents a baseline cell technology which utilizes the Mesocarbon Microbead ed with treated amorphous fumed silica, and high-energy LiCoO2 as the cathode. The performance capability of this baseline cell was ambly demonstrated with… More

High Cycle Life Thin-Film Lithium-Ion Polymer Batteries with Ultra Low Temperature Capabilities

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: David Chua
Award Amount: $97,325.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: David L Chua Phd
Award Amount: $659,182.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: David L Chua
Award Amount: $672,480.00

High Capacity Negative Electrode for Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Batteries

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Mark Salomon
Award Amount: $116,918.00
Abstract:
Not Available A motor-operated valve (MOV) diagnostic system, originally researched at MIT with sponsorship from a nuclear power industry consortium, has been further developed at RH Lyon Corp with sponsorship by the NRC. This MIT/RHL system is non-invasive and may be implemented in either a… More

An Integrated Approach to Improve the Energy of Rechargeable Li-Ion Cells

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: David Chua PhD
Award Amount: $106,886.00
Abstract:
Not Available SEA CON proposes a Fleet requirements driven modification and re-design project for submarine outboard connectors. Fleet failure modes are reviewed in early taksing to establish the priority and direction of the Phase I engineering design effort. Methods are propoesed to integrate… More

High Capacity Negative Electrode for Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Batteries

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Mark Salomon
Award Amount: $696,020.00

An Integrated Approach to Improve the Energy of Rechargeable Li-Ion Cells

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: David Chua
Award Amount: $536,374.00

Production of Human Papillomavirus Oncogenic Proteins E6 and E7 in Genetically Modified Green Plants

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: David Chua, Director
Award Amount: $84,397.00
Abstract:
This program addresses requirements for a health-monitoring battery that is cost-effective, capable of sustaining environmental

Multipurpose Li-Ion Spacecraft Battery

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Mark Salomon, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $68,173.00
Abstract:
Phase I established the viability of a 3.0-volt, Li-ion-based LixV2O5 cell system. Rechargeability, rate capability, and operability at -30oC, -200C, R/T, and +550C were demonstrated. It was also found that depending on the structural modifications of V2O5, delivery of specific capacity at 200 mAh/g… More

Multipurpose Li-Ion Spacecraft Battery

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Mark Salomon, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $487,858.00
Abstract:
Phase I established the viability of a 3.0-volt, Li-ion-based LixV2O5 cell system. Rechargeability, rate capability, and operability at -30oC, -200C, R/T, and +550C were demonstrated. It was also found that depending on the structural modifications of V2O5, delivery of specific capacity at 200 mAh/g… More

Battery Optimized for Long Term Storage and Intermittent Use

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: David Chua, Director
Award Amount: $648,515.00
Abstract:
Trade-off electrochemical studies were conducted in Phase I on four cell systems and promising results were obtained on lithium primary active cell system utilizing solid cathode and organic-based electrolyte solution. Specifically, V2O5-based cathodesystems, particularly crystalline V2O5 and… More

New Approaches for Ambient Temperature Li-Based Reserve Batteries

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: David Chua, Director of Research
Award Amount: $104,874.00
Abstract:
This SBIR Phase I program presents a significant opportunity to look at new generation of friendlier chemistries which have equivalent electrochemical capability to the oxyhalides, and at the same time offer a reserve battery technology that can lenditself to miniturization and/or mass production. … More

New Approaches for Ambient Temperature Li-Based Reserve Batteries

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: David Chua, Director of Research
Award Amount: $706,584.00
Abstract:
To date, there is no emerging and friendly reserve battery system(s) that could replace the Li/oxyhalide technologies until Phase I of this program. Primary solid cathode systems, e.g., l-MnO2 , Li0.55CoO2 and Li0.55CoO2(2%TiO2), have demonstrated fullcapability in meeting the Multi-Option Fuse… More

High Rate Li-Ion Batteries with Gelled Electrolyte

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Mark Salomon, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $65,516.00
Abstract:
MaxPower, Inc. is proposing an SBIR project responding to the Army's need for improved Li-ion chemistries. The Phase I and Option Phase parts of the program will focus on new gel electrolytes with improved conductivities and stability. The proposed programon gelled electrolytes is designed to… More

High Rate Li-Ion Batteries with Gelled Electrolyte

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Mark Salomon, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $727,984.00
Abstract:
MaxPower, Inc. is proposing an SBIR Phase II program responding to the Army's need for improved Li-ion chemistries. The Phase II program will focus on new solid-state polymer electrolytes and new gelled polymer electrolytes developed in the Phase I program. The Phase II Program will continue to… More

New High Energy Density Li/Li-Ion Batteries

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Mark Salomon, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $96,561.00
Abstract:
MaxPower's Phase I program will involve development of new cathode materials and new electrolyte solutions to significantly improve gravimetric energy densities and rate capabilities. With these objectives in mind, the following details the approaches MaxPower will take in its Phase I program. To… More

Long Storage Life Active Battery

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: David Chua, Director of Research
Award Amount: $116,565.00
Abstract:
Recent novel researches by MaxPower have shown that several high energy density Li batteries can be developed to perform as an active battery specifically designed to replace reserve munitions batteries. MaxPower will employ several new approaches to develop this active munitions battery with unique… More

Long Storage Life Active Battery

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: David L. Chua, PRESIDENT
Award Amount: $722,723.00
Abstract:
Phase I investigated two electrochemical couples, Li/CuV2O5 AND Li/CFx, as candidates for active munition battery applications. The Li/CuV2O5 performance was found to be superior across the temperature of -46oC to +65oC. Two novel battery designs were also introduced and these designs were aimed… More

Rechargeable Battery Manufacturing Improvements

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Frank Cassel, Principal Development Engineer
Award Amount: $84,949.00
Abstract:
Current Li-ion technology with respect to its electrochemistry and manufacturing technique is still LiCoO2-based and packaged in cylindrical configuration popularly known as the "18650" cell. For larger cell sizes ranging from 10-100Ah, traditional parallel plate cell stacking technique is the most… More

Nonrechargeable Battery Manufacturing Improvements

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Benjamin Meyer, Principal Research Scientist
Award Amount: $90,050.00
Abstract:
The U.S. military is seeking improved methods of battery manufacturing which will enhance the ability of DoD-interest in battery manufacturers to produce nonrechargeable (primary) batteries. The current dough-batch teflonated process for making MnO2 cathodes is quite labor intensive and time… More

Power Source Materials & Subcomponents Manufacturing Improvements

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Mark Salomon, Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $84,611.00
Abstract:
MaxPower, Inc. is proposing a new approach to fabricate and manufacture separator membranes for Li and Li-ion batteries which meet U.S. Army objectives of efficient, rapid and economic manufacturing, and reduced "touched" labor based on automation. To meet these objectives, MaxPower is proposing to… More

Exploration of Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) Battery for Space Application

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: David Chua, Director of Research
Award Amount: $97,790.00
Abstract:
Due to their light weight, high energy and high capacity, Li-ion batteries offer significant advantages for applications in space. To employ Li-ion batteries for use in space, high cycle and calendar life must be demonstrated, and this is the major objective of the present Phase I proposal. In this… More

Exploration of Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) Battery for Space Application

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: David Chua, President
Award Amount: $699,775.00
Abstract:
In lithium ion systems, in particular, addressing the question of robustness with respect to specifically overcharge and overdischarge are of great importance because of the underlying safety and integrity issues involved. MaxPower explored this issue in the Phase I project. In this Phase II… More

Advanced Lithium Ion Batteries for Space Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Benjamin Meyer, Principal Research Scientist
Award Amount: $92,489.00
Abstract:
The US Air Force has a need for a corrosion-resistant lithium-ion battery terminal seal capable of twenty years of service life in a space environment. Key requirements include a terminal seal technology that provides electrical isolation, hermeticity, and is compatible with cell electrolyte. … More

High Performance Electrochemical Capacitor Using Nanomaterials for Electrodes.

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Benjamin Meyer, Senior Principal Research Engineer
Award Amount: $69,169.00
Abstract:
MaxPower's overall goal of the Phase I program is to use electrospinning technology to produce carbon nanofibers for ultracapacitor applications. These fibers will be subjected to subsequesnt processing to enhance their electrochemical performance and then coated onto foil to form composite… More

Long Endurance, High Power Battery

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Ian Kowalczwk, Senior Principal Dev. Engineer
Award Amount: $78,783.00
Abstract:
Maxpower Inc. is proposing the replacement of the present UAV-Sonobouy battery chemistry with a novel high power Lithium Monofluoride[Li/(CF)n] system. Though historically used in low power applications, Maxpower has proven that Li/(CF)n systems can meet high power requirements by combining… More

High-Capacity Primary Battery for Extreme Environments

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Benjamin Meyer, Principal Research Engineer
Award Amount: $68,464.00
Abstract:
MaxPowers goal during the Phase I program is to design and demonstrate the capability of a primary Li|CFx battery assembly that is capable of delivering in excess of 12 hours operation at -40,aC in a battery architecture that weighs less than 0.7 pounds and fits a 14 in3 envelope. Successful… More

Development of Separators for Lithium-Ion Cells with High Temperature Melt Integrity

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Benjamin Meyer, Dr.
Award Amount: $95,925.00
Abstract:
While lithium-ion batteries are rapidly penetrating the laptop and cell-phone markets because of their high specific energy, safety is one of the key challenges to be addressed before lithium-ion batteries can replace the nickel-metal-hydride batteries that are commonly used in today¿s Hybrid… More

High-Capacity Primary Battery for Extreme Environments

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Benjamin Meyer, Senior Principal Research
Award Amount: $355,856.00
Abstract:
The Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) Handheld Manpack Program has a need for a primary battery capable of operating high power consumption devices, the JTRS handheld radio in particular. Key requirements of the battery assembly include operation at extreme environments (-40,aC to 55,aC), weighing… More

Safe, High-Power Battery for Sonobuoys

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Ian Kowalczyk, Principal Development Engineer
Award Amount: $73,941.00
Abstract:
The Navy has established a need to update the present high power sonobuoy power source used in Air Anti Submarine Warfare (ASW) Systems. Present technology for the ASW sonobuoy battery utilizes a primary Lithium/SO2 battery chemistry which is capable of providing 20, 10 second pulses drawing 5500 W… More

Development of Separators for Lithium-Ion Cells with High Temperature Melt Integrity

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Benjamin Meyer, Dr.
Award Amount: $722,692.00
Abstract:
During charge and discharge at high rates and in high abuse situations, a battery can become quite hot, as the heat generated from internal chemical reactions can exceed the battery¿s capability to dissipate the heat. When internal temperatures become excessive, separator breakdown can result,… More

Long Endurance, High Power Battery

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Ian Kowalczyk, Principal Development Eng
Award Amount: $614,842.00
Abstract:
Maxpower Inc. is proposing the replacement of the present UAV-Sonobouy battery chemistry with a novel high power Lithium Monofluoride[Li/(CF)n] system. In a Phase I effort, MaxPower proved that a primary lithium system composed of a mixed MnO2/CFx cathode exceeds the energy density requirements of… More

Safe, High-Power Battery for Sonobuoys

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Ian Kowalczyk, Principal Development Eng – (215) 513-4230
Award Amount: $748,100.00
Abstract:
The Navy has established the need to replace the present high power sonobouy power source used in Air Anti Submarine Warfare (ASW) Systems. Present technology for the ASW sonobouy battery utilizes a primary Lithium/SO2 battery chemistry which provides for up to 20, 10 second pulses drawing 5500 W of… More

High-Capacity Primary Battery for Extreme Environments

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Benjamin Meyer, Senior Principal Research – (215) 256-4575
Award Amount: $884,077.00
Abstract:
MaxPower has designed and built a prototype primary battery for use in the Rifleman Radio. At the end of the Phase II program, MaxPower delivered six prototype batteries to the U.S. Army for testing. Testing demonstrated that this battery system is able to provide over 15 hours operation at 6.6W… More

SBIR Phase I: Improving Electrolyte Stability in Li-Air batteries using Superoxide Dismutase

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Lin-Shu Du
Award Amount: $145,194.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I Project focuses on improving lithium-air battery system, one of the most promising electrochemical power sources for energy storage application due to its highest theoretical energy density. The major technical issue which has been gradually unveiled… More

Safe, High-Power Battery for Sonobuoys

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Ian Kowalczyk, Senior Principal Developm – (215) 513-4230
Award Amount: $426,487.00
Abstract:
The Navy has established a need to update the battery capability of the present Active Source sonobuoy used in Anti Submarine Warfare(ASW) systems. The technology which is currently deployed achieves up to 14, 10 second pulses providing 2400 watts of power at 75 volts. The present battery, a primary… More

Long Endurance, High Power Battery

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Ian Kowalczyk, Senior Principal Developm – (215) 513-4230
Award Amount: $449,570.00
Abstract:
Present Sonobuoy and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) fleets being developed by the US NAVY for Anti-Submarine Warfare(ASW) systems rely upon electrochemical energy storage for primary power. The increase in instrumentation payloads and mission duration has increased the draw on existing energy sources… More