Rugged, collapsible solar concentration devices to support tactical alternative energy production

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-11-M-0082
Agency Tracking Number: O102-EP2-4164
Amount: $99,871.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solitcitation Year: 2010
Solitcitation Topic Code: OSD10-EP2
Solitcitation Number: 2010.2
Small Business Information
Thermacore, Inc.
780 Eden Road, Lancaster, PA, -
Duns: 055625685
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John Rosenfeld
 Sr. Engineer
 (717) 569-6551
 j.h.rosenfeld@thermacore.com
Business Contact
 Nelson Gernert
Title: V.P. Engineering and Technology
Phone: (717) 519-5817
Email: n.j.gernert@thermacore.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
Small tactical military operations need to reduce fuel consumption, operational costs, and the need for logistics fuel resupply in the field. One method to accomplish these goals is to have the military units use a renewable energy source that is portable and clean. A good source of renewable energy is solar thermal energy. Concentrated Solar Thermal (CST) solar-to-electric conversion is particularly efficient with a net average annual yield ranging between 18 and 23%. Concentrated solar power (CSP) technology is currently being used worldwide at fixed power plants. This solar concentrator/solar conversion device configuration must generate 3-5 kW of electric power, Operate predictably and efficiently after repeated deployments in a demanding environment, have dual-axis control to capture maximum solar energy, and be easy to assemble and disassemble and mount onto a Light Tactical Trailer (LTT). The objective of this proposal is to take the existing CSP technology, which is currently being used at power plants, and use that information to develop a tactically-mobile, deployable/stow-able solar concentrator for use with solar conversion devices to help small military units capitalize on the advantages of solar thermal energy.

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