Nano-Structured Solid State Power Capacitors

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$69,996.00
Award Year:
2003
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00014-03-M-0283
Award Id:
65172
Agency Tracking Number:
N033-0168
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
5315 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Atlanta, GA, 30341
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
806337762
Principal Investigator:
Yongdong Jiang
Senior Project Scientist
(678) 287-2477
yjiang@microcoating.com
Business Contact:
Andrew Hunt
CEO, CTO
(678) 287-2402
ahunt@microcoating.com
Research Institute:
GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Meilin Liu
771 Ferst Drive, NW
Atlanta, GA, 30332
(404) 894-6114
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
In recent years, many military and commercial applications have turned to power electronics to run a variety of systems, such as electric launching platforms, electric warships, and electric/hybrid vehicles, efficiently, quietly, cheaply, and precisely.Power capacitors (also known as supercapacitors or ultracapacitors) have gained substantial attention for these applications since they offer outstanding advantages over conventional capacitors and batteries such as storing energy longer, dischargingfaster, longer shelf life, and excellent reversibility. It is predicted that global sales will reach $2 billion soon. With the predicted shift to wide band gap semiconductors, the allowable operating temperature of power electronics systems is expected toincrease to over 200oC. Current commercially available power capacitors can't meet these requirements fully and will become the limiting factor in thermal design due to their low achievable voltage and low operating temperature. MicroCoating Technologies(MCT) proposes to develop new solid-state power capacitors based on ceramic electrolytes and nano-composite electrodes. These power capacitors have the advantages of high operating voltage, high thermal tolerance, high reliability, low weight, and smallsize. Therefore, the proposed power capacitors will enable a significant overall improvement in future power electronics systems enabling new military and commercial capabilities. There is a tremendous commercial and military interest for power capacitorsfor various applications. Electronics automobile industry has been studying power capacitors for the use in telecommunications devices, stand-by power systems, uninterruptible power supplies, and electric/hybrid vehicles. In recent years, the applicationsin electric/hybrid automobiles are becoming more and more important. All of these areas represent huge market size. The military will benefit from this dual use technology, which will enable low cost, high thermal tolerance, and minimized power electronicsdevices and systems. The success in this work will enable the U.S. to maintain leadership in the global competition in this area. Capturing even a tiny percentage of this predicted $2 billion market represents a significant opportunity for MCT.

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