A MEMS Smart Battery Monitoring and Hybrid Power System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W56HZV-04-C-0695
Agency Tracking Number: A032-2207
Amount: $726,463.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A03-236
Solicitation Number: 2003.2
Solicitation Year: 2003
Award Year: 2005
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2004-12-13
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2006-12-13
Small Business Information
158 Orchard Ln, Winchester, TN, 37398
DUNS: 004736807
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dieter Nowak
 (931) 461-7003
Business Contact
 Dieter Nowak
Title: President
Phone: (931) 461-7003
Email: dnowak@microntn.com
Research Institution
A hybrid power system for military vehicles, consisting of a battery status controlled generator for charging and a battery/capacitor hybrid is proposed. The components of the system are controlled by identical MEMS based integrated smart controllers which are integral parts of the battery/capacitor/generator system and communicate wireless with each other, with the dashboard and with maintenance personnel. The inexpensive (~$25) controller design and system concept are the result of the Phase 1 effort. The hybrid increases available cranking capacity by utilizing the low current capacity of an automotive battery to charge a double layer capacitor bank, which in turn is used to start the engine at the required high currents. The proposed technology includes an innovative method for corrosion proof cell voltage access and a novel concept to eliminate all wiring, including inside the battery, by using advanced RFID technology. A new concept to manage battery heat at very low temperatures under arctic conditions to prevent low temperature extremes is also incorporated. The control system is designed for integration in off-the-shelf automotive batteries, and requires no changes to the battery case design of conventional batteries. The system implements a novel charge algorithm to reduce gassing.

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