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4b Low-cost Integrated Nanoreinforcement for Composite Tanks (LINCT)

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2013 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
88021
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
04b
Solicitation Number:
DE-FOA-0000715
Small Business Information
NextGen Aeronautics
2780 Skypark Drive Suite 400 Torrance, CA 90505-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2013
Title: 4b Low-cost Integrated Nanoreinforcement for Composite Tanks (LINCT)
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG02-13ER90459
Award Amount: $149,949.00
 

Abstract:

Hydrogen is an attractive fuel option for transportation because its only byproduct is drinkable water; it can be produced from renewable sources; and fuel cells operate optimally by using it. However, due to its relatively low volumetric energy density when compared with other fuels, technologies that enable increases in pressure per a given volume are critical to its adoption. Nanofibers will be added to the interfaces of conventional allcomposite highpressure (700 bar) hydrogen storage tank designs to confer damageresistant benefits that will allow less expensive manufacturing of the tank without sacrificing performance. The success of this technology will enable the adoption of lightduty fuel cell vehicles over gasoline fueled vehicles. Benefits include reduced greenhouse gas emissions, reduced oil consumption, and the enabling of expanded renewable power usage through the use of hydrogen as a means of energy storage. In collaboration with Precision Nanotechnologies and Lincoln Composites, the NextGen Aeronautics team will produce highpressure hydrogen storage tanks for use in Light Duty Fuel Cell Vehicles. The team will incorporate a lowcost nanoreinforcement into highpressure allcomposite tank designs to further increase pressure and lower costs.

Principal Investigator:

Terrisa Duenas
Dr.
310-626-8365
tduenas@nextgenaero.com

Business Contact:

Zoltan Feher
Dr.
310-626-8384
zfeher@nextgenaero.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Nextgen Aeronautics, Inc.
2780 Skypark Drive, Suite 400 Torrance, CA 90505-7519

EIN/Tax ID: 030404178
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No