Micro Fuel Cell (MFC) for Micro Air Vehicle (MAV) Power

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8651-06-M-0194
Agency Tracking Number: F061-144-3387
Amount: $99,933.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: AF06-144
Solicitation Number: 2006.1
Small Business Information
2904 44th Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL, 33714
DUNS: 960092674
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Richard Sidley
 Manager, Electrical Engineering
 (727) 547-9799
Business Contact
 Nancy Crews
Title: President
Phone: (727) 547-9799
Email: ncrews@custom-mfg-eng.com
Research Institution
In this proposal, an integrated in situ hydrogen production and Micro Fuel Cell (MFC) for Micro Air Vehicle (MAV) Power will be developed. The system can replace conventional battery powered MAVs, with the added benefit of longer range. The system will also be capable of recharging or replenishing fuel. This system consists of four parts: (1) An in situ hydrogen generation subsystem, (2) a power generation subsystem, (3) a thermal management system, and (4) a power management system. The novelty of this research lies in the fact that the entire system is being considered from a systems engineering viewpoint with realistic constraints. Past work has typically focused on only one subsystem and the interaction between systems has been ignored. At the end of this research, a virtual prototype of an integrated in situ hydrogen production and fuel cell system that is capable of operating onboard a MAV will be developed. The virtual prototype developed in this research project will provide the key systems integration parameters necessary for building a prototype vehicle as part of a Phase II SBIR effort. The Phase I will develop a model prototype for simulation.

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