Multi-Fuel Burner for Stirling Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W909MY-09-C-0005
Agency Tracking Number: A072-097-0612
Amount: $725,686.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: A07-097
Solicitation Number: 2007.2
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 71, Hanover, NH, 03755
DUNS: 072021041
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Darin Knaus
 Principal Investigator
 (603) 643-3800
Business Contact
 Robert Kline-Schoder
Title: Vice President
Phone: (603) 643-3800
Research Institution
Compact, efficient, and sustainable electric power generators are needed to provide mobile electric power for deployable military bases. Stirling engines are attractive candidates to meet the Army’s future deployed electric power needs because they are quiet, efficient, and have the potential to be highly fuel-flexible due to the external combustion process used to drive the engine. For low-power engines (~1 kWe) operated on heavy fuels such as JP-8 or diesel, fuel atomization and/or vaporization is a key aspect of burner design. Creare has previously developed fuel atomization technology compatible with JP-8 and diesel that addresses the fuel atomization issue. In the Phase I project, we utilized our innovative fuel atomization technology to develop a proof-of-concept microburner scaled to interface with a 1 kWe Stirling engine and demonstrated the microburner using Jet-A and gasoline fuels. In Phase II, we plan to refine the microburner, adding a propane-fuel capability, a recuperator to maximize efficiency, and developing an optimized thermal interface for the microburner and Stirling engine. We will then integrate the microburner with a COTS (commercial off-the-shelf) 1 kWe Stirling engine and demonstrate the fully integrated multi-fuel system.

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