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Compact Microclimate Control System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911QY-11-C-0018
Agency Tracking Number: A2-4374
Amount: $366,844.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A09-160
Solicitation Number: 2009.3
Solicitation Year: 2009
Award Year: 2011
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2011-04-04
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 71
Hanover, NH -
United States
DUNS: 072021041
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Michael Izenson
 Principal Engineer
 (603) 643-3800
Business Contact
 Robert Kline-Schoder
Title: Vice President
Phone: (603) 643-3800
Research Institution

Protective garments that isolate a dismounted soldier from the environment can also build up excessive internal heat and humidity, impairing performance and possibly leading to heat casualties. We propose to develop an innovative microclimate control system that will maintain a cool, dry environment inside protective garments. There are two key innovations: (1) a novel cooling process that enables refrigeration for dismounted soldiers using a system with very low mass, and (2) a unique cooling garment that removes both heat and humidity from inside protective garments. In Phase I we proved the feasibility of our approach through laboratory tests that demonstrated the key components of both these innovative devices. We used the results of Phase I tests to validate our design models and produced a conceptual design for a full-size prototype. In Phase II we will design, build, and demonstrate a full-size, self-contained microclimate control system prototype.

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