1 kW Man-portable Hybrid-Electric Power System using Catalytic Fuel Ignition Technology

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: DAAB15-02-C-0006
Agency Tracking Number: A012-1114
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Automotive Resources, Inc.
1926 Industrial Dr., Sandpoint, ID, 83864
DUNS: 964948942
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mark Cherry
 Chairman
 (208) 265-2723
 mark@smartplugs.com
Business Contact
 Mark Cherry
Title: Chairman
Phone: (208) 265-2723
Email: mark@smartplugs.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
"Work is proposed to demonstrate the feasibility of a catalytic ignition system that can be retrofitted to a light-weight, silent-running, 1 kW generator, allowing it to be satisfactorily operated on heavy fuels such as diesel and JP-8. Gensetmodifications will be closely allied to catalytic igniter technology pioneered by Automotive Resources Incorporated that enables alternative fuel combustion in other small engine, vehicle, and aviation systems. The resulting product will be tested foracceptable fuel economy and noise emissions in military applications. Performance testing will include baseline testing with a 1 kW genset prior to engine conversion. A Phase I option is included to address issues of cold-start, long-term durability, andmass production. Both the military and private sector commercial market for lightweight heavy fuel engines is large and immediate. Military applications, both domestic and foreign, literally cover the entire spectrum of small engine applications.There exists a tremendous opportunity overseas for inexpensive diesel burning engines. There is a price difference paradox between diesel and gasoline fuel versus diesel and piston engines. While diesel fuel is less priced than gasoline, a diesel engine istypically higher priced as compared to a gasoline engine. The application of the SmartPlug,¿ ignition system in a lightweight heavy fuel engine would solve this dilemma, providing an inexpensive engine

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