Cathode Improvements for Thermal Batteries

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W31P4Q-09-C-0040
Agency Tracking Number: A072-015-0020
Amount: $729,957.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: A07-015
Solicitation Number: 2007.2
Small Business Information
5430 70th Avenue North, Pinellas Park, FL, 33781
DUNS: 622717452
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Nick Shuster
 V.P Engineering and Techn
 (727) 520-1393
 nshuster@ensercorp.com
Business Contact
 R. Jackson
Title: President
Phone: (727) 520-1393
Email: rjackson@ensercorp.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Thermal batteries are mission critical components which provide power to military weapon systems for electronics, fusing, sensing and actuation. Current and future thermal battery packaging and performance requirements are being pushed to the limits, demanding higher power levels over longer operating times (hence, higher usable energy output) in smaller, lighter packages. These increases are required for: (1) advanced munitions and strategic defense applications employing multifunctional seeker and sensor packages, (2) active data links supporting a net-centric capability and/or (3) increased maneuvering capability. In order to meet these demands, ENSER has proposed development of new cathode materials and demonstrated significant improvements in performance in single cell tests and in prototype batteries during Phase I. During Phase II, ENSER is proposing to optimize the synthesis and manufacturing of the most promising cathode material(s) and demonstrate their processing in battery components and their improved performance in practical batteries. As confirmed in Phase I, these materials show significant increase in energy density, power density and operational lifetime of thermal batteries. The performance improvement(s) will be demonstrated in a selected battery (potentially JCM – now JAGM, EAPS or MKV).

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