Development of a Modular Lightweight Environmental Control Unit Using a Hydrocarbon Refrigerant (HECU)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$748,896.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA8650-06-C-5908
Award Id:
72961
Agency Tracking Number:
F051-121-2470
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/Engineer
(321) 631-3550
rps@mainstream-engr.com
Business Contact:
Michael Rizzo
Controller
(321) 631-3550
mar@mainstream-engr.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
The Phase I was highly successful and included the design, building and testing of a 5-ton Hydrocarbon refrigerant ECU (HECU). The Coefficient of Performance in Cooling (COPc) of the HECU was demonstrated to be 6% better than an otherwise identical system using HFC-410A and 25% better than the FDECU (and 33% lighter than the FDECU). The Phase I demonstrated that the HECU is the most efficient and lightest ECU configuration available, while also being the only unit which will meet all the Global Warming restrictions of the Kyoto Protocol. The HECU meets ASHRAE Standard 15, EPA/SNAP and UL requirements for A3 refrigerants. This proposal discusses the results of Phase I and the proposed Phase II effort which will concentrate on extensive field-tests, production optimization, commercialization, detailed off-design performance testing, extended life testing, development of 24/7 interactive web-base support, and production scale-up. HECUs that have been extensively (field, life and performance) tested will be available for commercial sale at the conclusion of the Phase II effort. Our accelerated schedule not only reduces the risk to the government (since the HECU has already been demonstrated), it also allows commercialization to begin at the end of the Phase II effort.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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