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Novel MicroPower Source for Insect Based Sensor and Communication Platforms

Award Information

Department of Defense
Office for Chemical and Biological Defense
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
CBD 09-105
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Small Business Information
CFD Research Corporation
701 McMillian Way, NW, Suite D Huntsville, AL 35806-
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Novel MicroPower Source for Insect Based Sensor and Communication Platforms
Agency / Branch: DOD / CBD
Contract: W911NF-10-C-0055
Award Amount: $749,985.00


Our objective is to develop a novel micropower source to be integrated with a microsensor, and communication chip on an insect, delivering a state-of-the-art unmanned chemical detection device. The biological fuel cell (Bio-FC) power source will leverage ongoing research at CFDRC and provide a compact/lightweight power supply for mounting on numerous types of insects and producing necessary power without further custom development. This solution offers several advantages over the existing electromechanical methods; 50-100X higher power density, power-generation independent of insect species, and power generation in absence of insect motion. During Phase I, we demonstrated power densities >150 W/cm2 from two different insect species and also tested commercially available chemical sensors. Additionally, we selected the optimal insect species and investigated methods for artificial stimulation. In Phase II, we will optimize the Bio-FC to provide maximum power density while also being miniaturized and designed for integration with insect. Additionally the microsensor, microprocessor, and neuralstimulators will be designed. Subsequently, a fully-integrated prototype will be developed and mounted on the insect to provide proof-of-concept demonstration of an insect cyborg for unmanned detection of dangerous chemicals. A multi-disciplinary team with proven expertise in biomicrosystems, bioelectrochemistry, and insect physiology has been assembled to accomplish these goals.

Principal Investigator:

Sameer Singhal
Manager, Biomedical Techn

Business Contact:

Deborah Phipps
Senior Contracts Speciali
Small Business Information at Submission:

CFD Research Corporation
215 Wynn Dr., 5th Floor Huntsville, AL 35805

EIN/Tax ID: 630944385
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No