Lightweight and Energy Efficient Heat Pump

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX08CD14P
Agency Tracking Number: 074602
Amount: $99,931.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: S3.02
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
582 South Econ Circle, Orlando, FL, 32765-4303
DUNS: 608777798
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dan Rini
 Principal Investigator
 (407) 359-7138
Business Contact
 Dan Rini
Title: President
Phone: (407) 359-7138
Research Institution
Future Spacecraft and instruments for NASA's Science Mission Directorate will require increasingly sophisticated thermal control technology. A need exists for efficient, lightweight Vapor Compression Cycle (VCC) systems, for medium-to-low cooling loads (i.e. less than 2 kW). While conventional VCC technology is relatively compact and efficient for multi-kW loads, it is difficult to find a system that strikes a balance between coefficient of performance, weight and size within the sub-kW range. The particular system proposed will be a highly efficient Mini-VCC featuring custom compressor and heat-exchanger technology. The compressor is a highly efficient, high power density rotary compressor designed for 500 W of heat removal with a Coefficient of Performance (COP) of 3. In the Phase I effort Rini Technologies Inc. (RTI) proposes to develop a compressor capable of handling variable heat loads up to 500 W, with variable temperature lift capability to suit NASA's specific needs. Detailed component testing will be performed, and the results coupled with NASA's specific needs will result in a complete system recommendation for a Phase II effort. The following Phase II effort will result in delivery of an efficient, lightweight, reliable and compact prototype VCC for NASA missions.

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