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Reduced Shielding, Rugged, Scalable-Electrical Power Converter for Fission-Power Systems

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: 80NSSC19C0197
Agency Tracking Number: 189812
Amount: $749,153.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: Z1
Solicitation Number: SBIR_18_P2
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-08-13
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-08-12
Small Business Information
1965 Lycoming Creek Road, Suite 205
Williamsport, PA 17701-1251
United States
DUNS: 028856420
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Ross Bird
 (570) 322-2700
 rbird@qortek.com
Business Contact
 Cathy Bower
Phone: (570) 322-2700
Email: cbrooke@qortek.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

After a very successful Phase I program, where QorTek has been investigating and developing the design of a lsquo;KILOPOWERrsquo; relevant AC-DC converter that is highly compact (extremely power dense), lightweight, reliable, and designed to rapidly move onto an environmentally robust and HiRel version in Phase II.nbsp; Our primary focus has been NASA Advanced Stirling Radioisotope Generator (ASRG) Ramp;D efforts led at NASA by Glenn (GRC) in support of Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD) goals. Specifically, this project aims to provide a radiation hardened, scalable, modular AC-DC micro-grid power converter system scalable to 10-40kW for a space power dc bus applications. To ensure excellent high efficiency energy transfer, this advanced Kilopower AC-DC converter is a 2-stage design comprised of a (NASA-developed energy balancing) innovation in Power Factor Correction (PFC) front-end stage feeding a Very High Power Density (VHPD) converter based on QorTek recent patent awarded ultra-dense switchmode Phase Shift Resonant (PSR) and have been proven to meet the ASRG concept needs. The program focus is to mesh with advanced fission-based Stirling converter unit technology being developed by NASA/DOE

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