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Selfpowered Solar Water Heater

Award Information

Department of Defense
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Program Year/Program:
2011 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Thermal Storage Systems, Inc.
5646 Valley Oak Dr. Los Angeles, CA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Selfpowered Solar Water Heater
Agency: DOD
Contract: W911QY-11-P-0101
Award Amount: $69,408.00


Thermal Storage Systems proposes a lightweight mobile solar-powered hot-water ("SHW") system that meets or exceeds the requirements of the solicitation. We have placed particular emphasis on ruggedness, operational flexibility, 24-hour availability and ease of deployment. The proposed system consists of five independent SHW modules each of which is equipped with a compact high temperature thermal storage device ("TSD")that allows the production of essentially instant hot water at flow rates up to 10GPM (50GPM in aggregate). Storage of hot water is therefore minimized. Electrical power to operate the system is also generated using energy from the TSD. The SHW will stow in two TRICONS and can be deployed quickly by relatively unskilled personnel. The methodology for deploying and re-packing the SHW is discussed. Given minimal Baghdad insolation, the system can meet the requirements without the need for liquid fueled heaters. However, a supplemental liquid fueled heater is proposed as an option, capable of pre-heating the system or providing continuous operation in the event of multiple cloudy days.

Principal Investigator:

Alan Spero
Chief Technical Officer
(760) 270-7393

Business Contact:

Stephen Wyle
Chief Executive Officer
(323) 284-0557
Small Business Information at Submission:

Thermal Storage Systems, Inc.
5646 Valley Oak Dr. Los Angeles, CA -

EIN/Tax ID: 567566362
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No