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Development of a Low-Cost, Single-Use, and Extremely Compact Air-Independent Power System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-22-C-0586
Agency Tracking Number: N221-057-0271
Amount: $146,500.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N221-057
Solicitation Number: 22.1
Solicitation Year: 2022
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-08-03
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2023-02-03
Small Business Information
7047 Old Madison Pike, Suite 305
Huntsville, AL 35806-2197
United States
DUNS: 968887195
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Francisco Valentin
 (787) 538-5977
Business Contact
 Heather Johns
Phone: (256) 327-5541
Research Institution

nou Systems Inc. (nSI) has begun developing a low-cost, single-use, compact, propellant powered generator to augment the current capabilities of Lockheed Martin Corporation Rotary and Mission Systems MK39 EMATT. Our approach leverages recent advancements in safe, storable, high-impulse green propellants. Our generator operates on a controlled open-loop cycle, efficiently transforming the stored chemical energy in low-toxicity “green” propellants into electricity. Our performance models indicate that our resulting generator can meet all of Navy’s challenging size, weight, and power requirements. It will have extremely high power density and efficiency with nearly inaudible acoustic emissions. Further, to achieve a low-cost, expendable system, our approach merges design simplicity, the integration of commercial off-the-shelf components (when applicable), and advanced manufacturing techniques.     nSI has assembled an exceptional alliance with the complementary skillset needed to warrant a successful technology transition?controlled gas generation and delivery, combustion, power generation and conversion from the high enthalpy gases, and industrial design to support the transitioning of the technology. During Phase I, will perform design analyses, conduct trade studies, and develop preliminary designs for all system components. In addition, we plan to develop and test a breadboard system. In Phase II, we plan to fabricate, test, qualify, and deliver up to 30 prototypes for testing at the US Naval Surface Warfare Center.

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