Lightweight Solar-Regenerative Energy Storage for High Altitude Airships

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-06-C-0075
Agency Tracking Number: 05SB2-0404
Amount: $99,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: SB052-024
Solicitation Number: 2005.2
Small Business Information
101 West Sixth Street, Suite 200, Austin, TX, 78701
DUNS: 161214242
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Burt Fowler
 Principal Investigator
 (512) 479-7732
 fowler@spec.com
Business Contact
 W. McCone
Title: Director of Contracts
Phone: (512) 479-7732
Email: contracts@spec.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
SPEC (Systems & Processes Engineering Corporation) will design a lightweight solar-regenerative energy storage system with 100 kW output power and specific energy density of 2 kW-hr/kg or greater based on low-weight fuel storage and delivery technology and a lightweight, compact MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical-Systems) PEM (Polymer Electrolyte Membrane) fuel cell. SPEC fuel cell technology incorporates a unique H2O management system that recovers liquid water directly from the cell resulting in improved performance at lower system weight. A system trade study will be performed to optimize system specific energy density and determine the optimal lightweight system configuration including the possible use of a non-regenerative system component to meet peak power demands during windstorms. During Phase 1, SPEC will identify currently available components that meet system requirements and identify those components that require further development to meet program goals. The specific energy density and total system weight will be modeled and quantified using analysis. The optimal operating points for the photo-voltaic, energy discharge, electrolyzer, and non-regenerative sub-systems will be identified as a function of the diurnal cycle and power delivery requirements.

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