1kW Diesel Burning 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: $912,051.00
Phase: Phase II
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
 Jame Cherry
Title: Corporate Secretary
Phone: (208) 265-2723
Email: mark@smartplugs.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
"The Army has indicated significant need for lightweight, heavy fuel engines for use in a wide variety of battlefield missions. The Catalytic Ignition System (SmartPlugTM) developed and patented by Automotive Resources, Inc. (ARI) promises to fulfill theArmy's "One Fuel Forward" requirement without the need for replacing the gasoline engine with a new engine design. ARI had demonstrated the ability to manually start a lightweight, heavy fuel, direct injected, two-stroke, engine using SmartPlugTMtechnology. During Phase I, ARI successfully demonstrated a low cost conversion of an off-the-shelf Honda 1kW generator set with the following desirable characteristics:lightweight, asynchronous generatorsmall-displacement four-stroke engine,carbureted, heavy fuel operation(Jet A or JP-8),-25F cold rope startequal performance with gasoline baselineThe SmartPlugTM will allow new and existing engine designs to run well on heavy fuels, due to the powerful, catalytically induced, compression ignition event. The SmartPlugTM eliminates all rotating and high voltage parts in the ignition system, and iscompatible with conventional and heavy fuels. This innovative catalytic compression ignition system shows great promise as the enabling technology for converting new and used lightweight gasoline engines to heavy fuel, without any changes to the basicgasoline engine"

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