High Temperature Energy Storage for In Situ Planetary Atmospheric Measurement Technologies

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX09CA87C
Agency Tracking Number: 074154
Amount: $599,961.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: S5.01
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Mobile Energy Products, Inc.
3820 S Hancock Expressway, Colorado Springs, CO, 80911-1231
DUNS: 137359308
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Za Johnson
 Principal Investigator
 (719) 392-4266
Business Contact
 Dave Lucero
Title: Plant Manager
Phone: (719) 392-4266
Email: dlucero@electroenergyinc.com
Research Institution
Development of energy storage capable of operational temperatures of 380ºC and 486oC with a specific capacity 200 Wh/kg for use as a power source on the Venusian surface and for planetary probes in similar high temperature atmospheres and where ambient pressures of 90 atmospheres are to be expected. This proposal provides for further research and development of the Li(Al)/CoS2 high temperature energy storage chemistry to develop high temperature space energy storage, which will enable the in situ exploration of the atmosphere of Venus and deep atmospheres of Jupiter or Saturn for future NASA missions. This energy storage will provide power for thermal control systems, high temperature electronics and sensors, and high temperature motors and actuators. The approach has a parallel path of evaluation of low melting point electrolyte for 380ºC operation and optimization of the 486ºC Venus energy storage chemistry. The final task is battery level characterization at various temperatures and discharge rates, with implementation of the previously completed design of a robust battery/cell container and ceramic to metal seals. The development includes the delivery of a prototype battery to JPL for testing.

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