Ultra-lightweight modular cooling system

Award Information
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Branch: N/A
Contract: NBCHC050024
Agency Tracking Number: 0421104
Amount: $99,998.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 2004
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
2501 Alamo SE, Albuquerque, NM, 87106
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Douglas Smith
 (505) 247-4041
Business Contact
 Douglas Smith
Title: President
Phone: (505) 247-4041
Email: smith@nanopore.com
Research Institution
Active cooling of HAZMAT and SWAT team members can significantly improve their performance in critical situations. However, current cooling systems are heavy, bulky, and don`t provide adequate cooling rates. By employing a new meso-channel adsorption bed using high capacity, sheet desiccants operated in a ambient-air cooled cross-flow mode, cooling capacities of 50 to 125 W can be generated with weights that are 2-5 times less than previous adsorption coolers or phase change materials such as ice. Depending upon the mode of operation, the cooler can produce dry air for sweat evaporation, chilled air, or chilled water. For this project, we will produce chilled water for circulation through a garment developed by Oklahoma State University under funding from the Department of Homeland Security`s Memorial Institute for Prevention of Terrorism (MIPT). This new cooler will be developed and integrated into the MIPT garment in Phase I. During Phase II, weight, performance and design optimization will be undertaken in addition to the development of a cost-effective manufacturing process. In addition to the first responder market, this cooling device has a number of commercial applications in sports, medicine, and extreme weather situations.

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