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Tunable O2 Generation for UUVs

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Department of Defense
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Program Year/Program:
2012 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
TDA Research, Inc.
12345 W. 52nd Ave. Wheat Ridge, CO -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Tunable O2 Generation for UUVs
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-12-C-0086
Award Amount: $750,000.00


The majority of the unmanned undersea vehicles (UUVs) run on batteries. However, extended missions (or high-power, short-duration missions) require a much higher energy density than can be stored in batteries. Fuel cells, such as the Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFCs) Systems, can be very efficient and provide much better energy storage density. However, the SOFC generators require an ample supply of high quality oxygen (O2) to oxidize the energy dense heavy hydrocarbon fuels (e.g., JP-5). The oxygen storage system must be safe, reliable, highly compact and deliver the oxygen at a rate that adjusts to meet varying power loads of the UUV. TDA Research, Inc. (TDA) proposes to develop an efficient, compact and highly tunable oxygen generation system to support the varied different load profiles of UUV missions. In Phase II, we will develop a full-scale breadboard prototype system and demonstrate technical viability of the concept.

Principal Investigator:

Gokhan Alptekin
Principal Engineer
(303) 940-2349

Business Contact:

John Wright
Chief Technology Officer
(303) 940-2300
Small Business Information at Submission:

TDA Research, Inc.
12345 W. 52nd Ave. Wheat Ridge, CO -

EIN/Tax ID: 841043375
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No