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Power Generation and Storage for Micro Aerial Vehicles (MAV)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-10-M-2061
Agency Tracking Number: O092-EP2-1158
Amount: $99,998.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD09-EP2
Solicitation Number: 2009.2
Solicitation Year: 2009
Award Year: 2009
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2009-11-18
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2010-08-19
Small Business Information
PO Box 31042, Seattle, WA, 98103
DUNS: 808458595
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Steven Ragsdale
 Vice President
 (425) 322-9714
Business Contact
 Chris Ashfield
Title: President
Phone: (206) 623-0518
Research Institution
This Phase I innovation research project will develop a fuel cell/battery hybrid system to power and store energy for micro-aerial vehicles (MAVs). The objective of this small business innovation research project is to develop a hybrid power system capable of powering MAVs for extended flight times as well as providing increased power for payload packages. Current battery technologies are unable to supply sufficient energy for extended periods. Fuel cells are unable to provide the short-term peak power demands for these systems. The proposed concept combines power sources to extend run time or enhance power capability, while minimizing system weight or volume. By combing the power density of secondary batteries and the energy density of fuel cells, a hybrid system could supply both the power and energy demands of mission profiles. Leveraging each technology’s strengths current flight times are anticipated to double.

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