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Power Supply for Meso-Sensors

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Department of Defense
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
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2003 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
TPL, Inc.
3921 Academy Parkway North, NE Albuquerque, NM 87109-4416
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2003
Title: Power Supply for Meso-Sensors
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Contract: W31P4Q04C-R069
Award Amount: $98,997.00


Wireless sensors and active r.f. ID tags have a critical need for small power supplies. TPL proposes to develop a meso-scale power system that exploits volumetric microbatteries and micro-supercapacitors to maximize energy and power densities. Thesethree-dimensional microdevices are a unique feature of our approach, and deliver superior performance compared with conventional thin film batteries. The proposed effort will evaluate a limited lifetime device that uses a high energy density zinc-airprimary microbattery combined with micro-supercapacitors; and a rechargeable system consisting of micro-supercapacitors and a solar cell. In both cases, the primary energy storage and power delivery device is the micro-supercapacitor. These rechargeabledevices with high energy density, high specific power, low equivalent series resistance, ESR, and low cost are uniquely capable of meeting the power needs of meso-scale sensors. Our volumetric micro-devices have capacitance densities an order of magnitudehigher than macro-scale COTS devices. By exploiting the properties of carbon nanotubes a further 50% increase in capacitance, a decrease in the ESR by a factor of 1000, and a four-fold increase in power density will realize the necessary power deliverycapabilities. This approach will deliver a unique minimum footprint, minimum volume solution for integration with meso-scale sensors.

Principal Investigator:

Charles D. Ph.D
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Harold M. Stoller
President & CEO
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3921 Academy Parkway North, NE Albuquerque, NM 87109

EIN/Tax ID: 850291542
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No