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Kilowatt Class Fission Energy Conversion

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: 80NSSC20C0594
Agency Tracking Number: 205319
Amount: $124,971.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: Z1
Solicitation Number: SBIR_20_P1
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-08-25
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-03-01
Small Business Information
5933 N Route 220 Hwy
Linden, PA 17744-7703
United States
DUNS: 028856420
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Ross Bird
 (570) 322-2700
Business Contact
 Zachary Stimely
Phone: (570) 322-2700
Research Institution

NASArsquo;s Kilopower program aims to jumpstart a new approach to powering exploration in the future by utilization of fission reactors.nbsp; The heat from these reactors then drives Stirling engines that when coupled with generators, can produce the power required for future missions.nbsp; The proposed program aims to have QorTek work with Sunpower to further enhance the capability of their Stirling generators and provide a radiation hardened solution for NASArsquo;s program requirements.nbsp; Previous work completed by Sunpower has demonstrated the operation of the engine and controller and to meet this programrsquo;s requirements will require the current generation of Stirling controller to be upgraded to 1kW of capability.nbsp; The design of the controller and Stirling engine is desired to be modular such that multiple 1kW systems can be placed in parallel further increasing power availability.nbsp; With the design completed and with engine simulators from Sunpower, we aim to demonstrate the feasibility and operation of the engine before focusing on core components to radiation hardened.nbsp; Radiation hardening is anticipated to be a challenge due to the proximity of the engine and controller electronics to the reactor and the objective is to utilize state of the art WBG materials to help achieve as high a radiation resistance as possible to minimize required shielding.nbsp;

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