Dual Electric Starting System fo Heavy Duty Vehicles Cold - Starting: PhaseII

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W56HZV-04-C-0715
Agency Tracking Number: A032-3534
Amount: $691,444.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2003
Solicitation Topic Code: A03-237
Solicitation Number: 2003.2
Small Business Information
200 Yellow Place, Rockledge, FL, 32955
DUNS: 175302579
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Russell Davis
 PI/Electrical Engineer
 (321) 631-3550
Business Contact
 Michael Rizzo
Title: Controller
Phone: (321) 631-3550
Email: mar@mainstream-engr.com
Research Institution
Current lead-acid battery systems in military vehicles are increasingly unable to support the full array of onboard electrical sensors, to endure the stringent demands of "silent-watch" operation, and to maintain reliable cold weather vehicle starting required by 21st-century missions. In this Phase I, Mainstream addressed these issues by demonstrating an advanced lithium-ion battery and ultracapacitor, both comprised of carbon nanotube electrodes manufactured using a new proprietary process invented by Mainstream. The Phase I results were extremely encouraging with the battery electrodes demonstrating a capacity of 5800 mAh/g of carbon (16 times that of normal carbon!) and the ultracapacitor electrodes demonstrating an energy storage capacity that was 18 times that of normal ultracapacitor electrodes. Projections show a full-scale prototype system will deliver more energy and power from a lighter and smaller package, and because of Mainstream's new production process, will do so for the same cost. This Phase II is designed to extend the work of the Phase I to develop a full-scale prototype system for installation and testing in a military heavy-duty vehicle. To this end, Mainstream has already secured working partnerships with commercial battery and ultracapacitor manufacturers to assist in aspects of the design not related to the electrodes.

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