High Power Density, Thermally Controlled Capacitors for Power Electronics Applications

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$70,000.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00014-04-M-0179
Agency Tracking Number:
N041-125-0132
Solicitation Year:
2004
Solicitation Topic Code:
N04-125
Solicitation Number:
2004.1
Small Business Information
MTECH LABORATORIES LLC
831 Rte. 67, Bldg. 45C, P.O. Box 227, Ballston Spa, NY, 12020
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
021688440
Principal Investigator:
Michael Hennessy
President
(518) 885-6436
mjhennessy45@aol.com
Business Contact:
Eduard Mueller
Staff Physicist
(518) 885-6436
ekmueller30@aol.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The Navy is moving forward with all-electric hybrid ship and vehicle propulsion systems, rail guns, directed energy weapons, and electromagnetic launchers and sensors. Cryogenically cooling the power electronics in these systems will facilitate the transition to these new technologies, providing exceptional performance and efficiency, even when the refrigeration penalty is taken into consideration. Significant reductions in size and weight can come from the use of cryogenic capacitor banks, which could offer up to a 75% decrease in size and weight over conventional capacitors. Cryogenic capacitors also promise extremely low losses, possibly well below 1%. Such a system could also be configured to operate in environments with ambient temperatures of up to 200°C, while still allowing for the use of superconducting buss work. MTECH Laboratories, a pioneer in Cryogenic Power Electronics, is uniquely qualified to develop these advanced capacitors. The Phase I effort will consist of a feasibility study and design work, to be followed by a prototype demonstration in Phase II.

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