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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$691,444.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W56HZV-04-C-0715
Agency Tracking Number:
A032-3534
Solicitation Year:
2003
Solicitation Topic Code:
A03-237
Solicitation Number:
2003.2
Small Business Information
MAINSTREAM ENGINEERING CORP.
200 Yellow Place, Rockledge, FL, 32955
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
175302579
Principal Investigator:
Russell Davis
PI/Electrical Engineer
(321) 631-3550
rwd@mainstream-engr.com
Business Contact:
Michael Rizzo
Controller
(321) 631-3550
mar@mainstream-engr.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
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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