Modular Intelligent Hydrogen Transfer System (MIHTS)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: F09650-03-M-0189
Agency Tracking Number: F031-1980
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2003
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Space Center, 1212 Fourier Drive, Madison, WI, 53717
DUNS: 196894869
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Daniel Gramer
 Principal Investigator
 (608) 827-5000
Business Contact
 Eric Rice
Title: President & CEO
Phone: (608) 827-5000
Research Institution
ORBITEC proposes an innovative Modular Intelligent Hydrogen Transfer System (MIHTS) to meet USAF vehicle fleet needs for hydrogen-fueled transportation applications. It is widely anticipated that a hydrogen energy economy will evolve and become thestandard source of fuel for transportation, and other energy requirements, in the US and abroad. Hydrogen offers the promise of a renewable energy source, nearly zero emissions, elimination of greenhouse gas production, the ability for localizedproduction plants, and a reduction and eventual elimination of foreign dependence for US fuel needs. The USAF plans to capitalize on the many benefits of hydrogen and is currently investing in hydrogen energy infrastructure to meet several operationalneeds. ORBITEC proposes an innovative approach to a critical element of this infrastructure, a low-cost, safe, and reliable hydrogen transfer system to pressurize storage tanks and refuel a myriad of Air Force hydrogen powered vehicles. MIHTS iscomprised of the following four major elements: (1) Safety and Operational Standards; (2) Intelligent Control System; (3) Sensor Suite; and (4) Hydrogen Fluid Circuit. Phase I will involve the definition of MIHTS systems requirements; generation of adetailed MIHTS design; cost-benefit analysis; and development of a Phase II MIHTS systems integration plan. Phase II would involve the development and testing of a prototype MIHTS system for delivery to USAF. Hydrogen offers the promise of a renewableenergy source, nearly zero emissions, high efficiency, elimination of greenhouse gas production, the ability for localized production plants, and a reduction and eventual elimination of foreign dependence on oil. It can be used in conventional powergeneration technologies, such as automobile engines and power plant turbines, or in fuel cells, which are relatively cleaner and more efficient than conventional technologies. Fuel cells have broad application potential in both transportation andelectrical power generation, including on-site generation for individual homes and office buildings. If the enormous market potential and benefits of the hydrogen economy are to be realized, a significant hydrogen energy infrastructure must be developed.A critical element of this infrastructure is a low-cost, safe, and reliable hydrogen transfer system that can pressurize storage tanks as well as fuel a myriad of different hydrogen powered vehicles and power generation systems. The MIHTS was specificallyoriginated to address this need for the future USAF vehicle fleet, and is projected to have sizeable spin-off potential within commercial markets.

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