Demonstration of an Integrated Solar-Powered Multi-Temperature Refrigerated Container System

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$729,650.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W911QY-06-C-0025
Award Id:
73749
Agency Tracking Number:
A043-210-3018
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
200 Yellow Place Pines Industrial Center, Rockledge, FL, 32955
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
175302579
Principal Investigator:
Robert Scaringe
PI/Sr. Research Engineer
(321) 631-3550
rps@mainstream-engr.com
Business Contact:
Michael Rizzo
Controller
(321) 631-3550
mar@mainstream-engr.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The Army has included provisions for Preplanned Product Improvement in the Multi-Temperature Refrigerated Container System (MTRCS) Operational Requirements Document calling for innovations such as alternative energy sources. As the price of photovoltaic power decreases, new opportunities for its use develop. Maintaining refrigerated space does not take an enormous amount of power and therefore solar-powered refrigeration offers an ideal application for photovoltaics. Containers offer a significant structure and surface area on which photovoltaic arrays can be mounted. The recently completed Mainstream Phase I effort in this area has demonstrated the feasibility of this approach. The Phase I effort included a full-scale demonstration of the vapor compression refrigeration/freezer system including the unique and patented energy storage system. This Phase II effort will result in the design, fabrication and extensive testing of a complete deployable Solar-Powered Refrigerated Container unit. This Phase II includes the delivery of one unit. Mainstream has already demonstrated all the key component technologies necessary for the successful demonstration of a solar powered refrigerated container. The successful Phase I experiments as well as the results of full scale demonstrations are discussed in detail in this proposal.

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