High-Efficiency Reliable Stirling Generator for Space Exploration Missions

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX11CE64P
Agency Tracking Number: 104117
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: X8.05
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
1490 Lumsden Road, Port Orchard, WA, 98637-9719
DUNS: 054758185
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Douglas Beck
 Principal Investigator
 (360) 876-9710
 dbeck23@aol.com
Business Contact
 Douglas Beck
Title: Business Official
Phone: (360) 876-9710
Email: dbeck23@aol.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
NASA needs advanced power-conversion technologies to improve the efficiency and reliability of power conversion for space exploration missions. We propose to develop a Stirling generator to meet NASA needs. Our Stirling generator adapts technology we have developed for high-reliability long-life (> 10 years) space-based Stirling-cycle cryocoolers and proprietary compressor and expander technology. Our compressor and expander technology enables near-isothermal compressions and expansions, which allow our Stirling generator to achieve a high percentage of the Carnot thermal efficiency. In Phase I, we will generate a preliminary design of our Stirling generator and project its efficiency. In Phase II, we will build and demonstrate a prototype Stirling generator and deliver the prototype to NASA for functional and environmental testing. In Phase III, we will build and sell Stirling generators for many government and private-sector applications.

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