Novel Pulsed Power Film Capacitors with Ultrahigh Energy Density and High Reliability

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-09ER85606
Agency Tracking Number: 91170
Amount: $99,924.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: 39 f
Solicitation Number: DE-PS02-08ER08-34
Small Business Information
200 Innovation Blvd., Suite 237, State College, PA, 16803
DUNS: 120437550
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Shihai Zhang
 (814) 238-7400
Business Contact
 Ralph Russo
Title: Mr.
Phone: (814) 238-7400
Research Institution
Capacitors are critical components in pulsed power systems for radio frequency accelerator technology. However, current capacitors have a number of limitations: (1) low energy density, (2) large size (they occupy 30-50% volume of the power electronics devices), and (3) difficulty in delivering the very high current at the fast rise/fall time required by the high power RF devices. This project will develop prototype film capacitors with high dielectric constant and high breakdown strength. The capacitors will combine ultrahigh energy density, self-healing feature, and low-cost commercial manufacturability. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardeeThe highly reliable, low cost, ultrahigh-energy density film capacitors should enable the miniaturization of many power electronic devices. Potential applications include capacitors for hybrid electric vehicles, plug-in electric vehicles, high power strobe lights, defibrillators, and uninterruptible power supplies

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