Hybrid Absorption/Vapor-Compression System for Shelter Air Conditioning

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-11-C-0205
Agency Tracking Number: O2-1055
Amount: $749,982.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2011
Solitcitation Year: 2009
Solitcitation Topic Code: OSD09-T002
Solitcitation Number: 2009.B
Small Business Information
Mainstream Engineering Corporation
200 Yellow Place, Pines Industrial Center, Rockledge, FL, -
Duns: 175302579
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Robert Scaringe
 PI/Sr. Research Engineer
 (321) 631-3550
 rps@mainstream-engr.com
Business Contact
 Michael Rizzo
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (321) 631-3550
Email: mar@mainstream-engr.com
Research Institution
 University of Maryland
 Reinhard Radermacher
 Department of Engineering
4164 Glenn L. Martin Hall
College Park, MD, 20742-3035
 (301) 405-5286
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Unnecessarily high battlespace fuel consumption degrades operational capability, increases force balance problems, exposes refueling convoys to high risk, and increases operating and support costs. Currently, military shelters are cooled by vapor compression air conditioners powered by diesel electric generators. Diesel generators, which are overwhelmingly used for shelter cooling at forward bases, are the second-largest drain on U.S. military fuel supplies next to aircraft. In response to this challenge, Mainstream Engineering Corporation (MEC) is proposing the development of a hybrid absorption/vapor-compression (AB/VC) system for shelter air conditioning. In Phase I, the AB/VC concept was shown to significantly increase the fuel-to-cooling coefficient of performance (COP) over current vapor compression systems while maintaining excellent system size, weight, durability, and maintainability. In Phase II, MEC will design, build, and thoroughly characterize a hybrid AB/VC technology demonstrator. MEC is uniquely positioned to perform this program given our experience with thermal control R & D and experience with the design, production, and fielding of military refrigeration systems. In addition, an exceptionally strong STTR teaming arrangement adds 30+ years of experience in absorption refrigeration, heat transfer, and working fluids to the team.

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