Power The Force: Future Force Power Systems- Critical Enabler for Army Transformation

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W909MY-06-C-0002
Agency Tracking Number: A043-098-0517
Amount: $1,330,970.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: A04-098
Solicitation Number: 2004.3
Small Business Information
4208 West Clearwater Ave, Kennewick, WA, 99336
DUNS: 153724760
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Songgang Qiu
 (509) 735-4700
Business Contact
Phone: (509) 735-4700
Email: kgb@stirlingtech.com
Research Institution
Advancements in military communications technology will enable better information gathering and decision making, but they require reliable, robust, quiet, and highly portable electrical power. The Free-Piston Stirling Engine generator system that is the subject of this proposal has excellent potential to meet these needs better than any identified alternatives. Stirling Technology Company’s (STC) experience with highly reliable, maintenance-free space power systems has been leveraged to develop a cost-effective, Low-Mass Stirling Power System (LSPS) conceptual design. Substantial mass reduction has been achieved through material selection, advanced alternator and heater head designs, and system-level optimization. In Phase II, STC will complete the final design, fabrication and testing of the lightweight Stirling Convertor Assembly (SCA) coupled to a high-efficiency JP-8 burner. The SCA and burner form the heart of the LSPS system conceptualized in Phase I, and their combined performance will enable the LSPS to deliver a minimum 2.5 kW net electrical output at an overall efficiency of 15%. This design for an LSPS at 2.5 kW will be readily scalable up or down in power, and will be capable of powering Future Combat System hardware in vehicle, robotic, or man-portable platforms.

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