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A Regenerable Carbon Dioxide Removal System for Next Generation Underwater Rebreathers

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-23-C-0089
Agency Tracking Number: N222-120-0307
Amount: $139,994.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N222-120
Solicitation Number: 22.2
Solicitation Year: 2022
Award Year: 2023
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-11-07
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2023-05-09
Small Business Information
12345 W. 52nd Ave.
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033-1916
United States
DUNS: 181947730
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Gokhan Alptekin
 (303) 940-2349
Business Contact
 Mr. John D. Wright
Phone: (303) 940-2300
Research Institution

Rebreathers are scuba gear that allow the diver to breath underwater without producing bubbles. They have many benefits including light-weight, reduced risk of decompression (lack of nitrogen in the system allows the divers to stay submerged longer) and stealth (since they produce no bubbles, they don’t reveal the diver’s location).  In this closed-circuit operation, the CO2 is removed from the exhaled gas with an absorbent such as Sofnolime® (soda lime, a mixture of sodium hydroxide and calcium oxide).  The use of expendable sorbent limits the duration of the dives and also generate a supply burden.   TDA Research Inc. (TDA) proposes to develop a regenerable CO2 removal system for closed-circuit scuba rebreathers that can achieve a high CO2 uptake and regenerated with a very low heat input.  The CO2 is removed at 15-25oC range at 2,500 ppmv (max) and recovered at 60-80oC range as a pure product at ~1 atm (gauge) which will be dissolved in sea water and released from the gear without forming bubbles (i.e., not generating a detectable acoustic signature).

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