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Company Information:

Name: Aqwest
Address: 8276 Eagle Road
Larkspur, CO 80118-8224
Located in HUBZone: No
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
Phone: (303) 681-0456

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $1,098,876.64 10
SBIR Phase II $1,438,018.00 2

Award List:

High Capacity, Lightweight , and Compact Thermal Energy Storage (TES) Technologies and Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jan Vetrovec, President
Award Amount: $99,818.00
Abstract:
Aqwest proposes to develop novel, high-performance thermal energy storage (TES) technologies and a TES integration concept for thermal management (TM) of directed energy weapons (DEW). In particular, we will develop a packed bed (PB) and sorption-based (SB) TES concepts, and a TES integration into… More

Edge-pumped Composites for Ultra-Short Pulse (USP) Lasers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Jan Vetrovec, President
Award Amount: $69,975.00
Abstract:
Aqwest proposes to develop a novel edge-pumped composite disk laser amplifier for ultra-short pulse (USP) lasers offering operation at high-average power (HAP) at near-diffraction limited beam quality (BQ). The project will produce an amplifier for USP laser with the following major benefits to the… More

Thermal Management for High-Brightness LEDs

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: John Vetrovec, Dr.
Award Amount: $99,358.00
Abstract:
High-brightness (HB) light emitting diodes (LEDs) have demonstrated promise for general illumination in commercial and household applications. These systems offer up to 75% savings in electric power consumption over conventional lighting systems. However, realizing the full potential of this new and… More

Advanced Electronic Cooling Technologies

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: John Vetrovec, President
Award Amount: $99,970.00
Abstract:
Aqwest proposes to develop an advanced thermal management for cooling of electronic components using a variable conductance heat sink (VCHS) offering unparalleled capabilities in high-heat flux handling and temperature control. The project will produce a cooling system with the following benefits to… More

Payload Thermal Management Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: John Vetrovec, President
Award Amount: $99,961.00
Abstract:
Aqwest proposes to investigate an innovative staged magnetocaloric refrigerator (SMCR) for thermal management of spacecraft payload electronics. SMCR offers a high-performance approach for thermal management of laser communication equipment and infrared (IR) sensors, while improving the overall… More

Edge-pumped Composites for Ultra-Short Pulse (USP) Lasers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: John Vetrovec, President
Award Amount: $729,987.00
Abstract:
Aqwest proposes to develop a novel edge-pumped composite disk laser amplifier for ultra-short pulse (USP) lasers offering operation at high-average power (HAP) at near-diffraction limited beam quality (BQ). The project will produce an amplifier for USP laser with the following major benefits to the… More

Advanced Electronic Cooling Technologies

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: John Vetrovec, President – (303) 681-0456
Award Amount: $708,031.00
Abstract:
Aqwest proposes to develop an advanced thermal management for cooling of electronic components using an active heat sink (AHS) offering unparalleled capabilities in high-heat flux handling and temperature control. The project will produce a cooling system with the following benefits to wide band gap… More

SBIR Phase I: Active Heat Sink for Hybrid Electric Vehicles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: John Vetrovec, MEE
Award Amount: $99,993.00
Abstract:
This SBIR Phase I project will investigate an active heat sink that is required for hybrid electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids that provide improved energy efficiency and reduced emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases. The project will validate the active heat sink concept for inverter… More

Magnetocaloric Generator for Geothermal Heat Energy Recovery

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: John Vetrovec, Mr. – 303-681-0456
Award Amount: $149,932.00
Abstract:
Traditional means for production of electricity from geothermal (GT heat use hot water naturally occurring in some locations at or near Earths surface or hot water obtained from deep wells. The former limits geothermally produced electricity to very few locations in areas of significant volcanic… More

High Power Ultra-Short Pulse Bulk Laser Amplifier at Eye Safer Wavelengths

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: John Vetrovec, Principal Investigator – (303) 681-0456
Award Amount: $79,983.00
Abstract:
Aqwest will develop a novel high-power ultra-short pulse (USP) laser amplifier at eye safer wavelengths (ESW). The project will leverage our previous work in the development of USP laser amplifiers and offers major benefits to the Navy and the Department of Defense: 1.5-1.7 micron wavelength… More

Phase Change Thermal Buffers for Environmental Control Unit Efficiency Improvement

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: John Vetrovec, Principal Investigator – (303) 681-0456
Award Amount: $149,921.00
Abstract:
Aqwest LLC proposes to develop a phase change material (PCM)-based thermal energy storage (TES) to enable"rightsizing"of environmental control units (ECU) and improve overall efficiency through reduced peak loads, more stabilized ECU operation, and off-peak thermal energy storage. The… More

Advanced Laser Driver for Inertial Fusion Energy

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: John Vetrovec, Mr.
Award Amount: $149,965.64
Abstract:
IFE offers to tap almost unlimited sources of inexpensive energy. This new energy source would free the U.S. from the dependence on hydrocarbon fuels, the use of which produces green-house gases (GHG). The proposed EPDL laser driver would greatly advance the ICF maturity and its transition to… More