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Miniature Turbo-Rankine Power System for Arctic Buoys

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-21-C-0861
Agency Tracking Number: N20A-T023-0107
Amount: $991,744.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N20A-T023
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2021-11-18
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2023-11-20
Small Business Information
16 Great Hollow Road
Hanover, NH 03755-1111
United States
DUNS: 072021041
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Jeffrey Breedlove
 (603) 640-2442
Business Contact
 Robert Kline-Schoder
Phone: (603) 643-3800
Research Institution
 University of Washington
 Dennis Saffer
1013 NE 40th Street
Seattle, WA 98105-6698
United States

 (206) 685-1641
 Nonprofit College or University

Our team is developing a self-sustaining power system for persistent buoys deployed in remote locations. This system will provide electric power continuously from naturally occurring temperature differences that exist between ambient air and water in environments such as the Arctic Ocean. Generating power directly from these temperature differences uses the atmosphere and ocean as effectively infinite thermal reservoirs to provide an inexhaustible source of pollution-free energy. Our approach leverages decades of advanced development at Creare devoted to small thermodynamic systems with miniature turbomachines. During the Phase I project, we developed a preliminary system design and conducted tests to assess ice accumulation on prototypical features. We now plan to fabricate a complete prototype system, integrate it with a buoy developed separately by our partner organization, and assess operation and performance in the Arctic Ocean during the Phase II project.

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