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Demonstration of a JP-8 Powered Compact ECU

Award Information

Department of Defense
Office of the Secretary of Defense
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2010 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
OSD 09T002
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
Mainstream Engineering Corporation
200 Yellow Place Rockledge, FL 32955-5327
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Demonstration of a JP-8 Powered Compact ECU
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Contract: N00014-10-M-0053
Award Amount: $99,954.00


Military shelters currently use electrically driven Environmental Control Units (ECUs) to provide cooling for the air inside the shelter. The ECU is vapor compression cycle powered by a diesel generator, operating on JP-8 fuel. Other than fueling jet engines, the largest drain on U.S. military fuel supplies in current operations comes from running generators at forward operating bases. In hot climates, ECUs consume the largest share of generated power. The overall fuel-to-cooling COP of current systems is about 0.45. The DoD seeks an improvement to an overall COP of 0.9. Prior DoD efforts have been unable to achieve a competitive COP and compact size. This proposal discloses a compact lightweight system to achieve the required COP, size, and weight. The goal of this STTR Phase I effort is to demonstrate experimentally the benefits of Mainstream's system. This proposal contains the details of a JP-8 Fuel-Powered ECU cooling/heating system that will provide 5 tons of cooling, weigh less than the 575-pound limit (excluding fuel), and operate at ambient temperatures, ranging from -25oF to 130oF.

Principal Investigator:

Robert P. Scaringe
PI/Sr. Reserach Engineer

Business Contact:

Michael Rizzo
Small Business Information at Submission:

Mainstream Engineering Corporation
200 Yellow Place Pines Industrial Center Rockledge, FL 32955

EIN/Tax ID: 592744408
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Florida Institute of Technology
150 West University Boulevard
Meoburne, FL 32901
Contact: John P. Politano, Jr.
Contact Phone: 3216747239