JP-10 Based SOFC Power Generator for Undersea Vehicles

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-07-M-0412
Agency Tracking Number: O071-ES2-4007
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD07-ES2
Solicitation Number: 2007.1
Small Business Information
3 Great Pasture Rd., Danbury, CT, 06813
DUNS: 050627884
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Hossein Ghezel-Ayagh
 Director DFC/T Product Development
 (203) 825-6048
Business Contact
 Ross Levine
Title: Director of Government Contracts
Phone: (203) 825-6057
Research Institution
This project addresses the development of a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) system for converting the chemical energy in JP-10 fuel to electric power. The system will be designed to support the deployment of next generation unmanned undersea vehicles (UUVs) and undersea weapons. The power plant will integrate a fuel-processing unit with an SOFC and an electrical/mechanical drive-train to accommodate the vehicle’s needs for propulsion and hotel loads. The proposed system is anticipated to provide a superior range compared to conventional battery or combustion based propulsion systems as the mission power will be provided by the much more efficient SOFC. The results of the proposed project will lay the foundation for low-cost, high energy density, reliable, safe, long-duration, and easily refueled power sources for UUV propulsion. Phase I research activities are focused on SOFC system concept development utilizing innovative approaches and a state-of-the-art anode supported SOFC technology with a proven track record for durability and performance. High power density SOFC stacks will be a key stepping stone in reducing the size and cost of the power generator.

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