An Energy-Efficient, Ventless Tumbler-Dryer

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00189-11-P-Z085
Agency Tracking Number: N102-162-0785
Amount: $69,982.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: N102-162
Solicitation Number: 2010.2
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 71, Hanover, NH, -
DUNS: 072021041
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Weibo Chen
 Principal Investigator
 (603) 643-3800
Business Contact
 James Barry
Title: President
Phone: (603) 643-3800
Research Institution
Navy ships need improved laundry dryers that use less energy and operate without air vents. This eliminates the need for very long exhaust ductwork and reduces fire hazards. We propose to develop a reliable, compact, tumble dryer that employs an innovative water separation process that is energy-efficient and does not require an exhaust vent. The water removed in this process is in the liquid phase and thus can be easily drained away, eliminating the need for an air vent. The proposed dryer uses less than half the energy consumed by a conventional dryer. In Phase I, we will prove feasibility by demonstrating the efficient operation of the water separation system, obtaining data to show its water removal rate and power consumption, and designing a ventless dryer prototype. In Phase II, we will build, demonstrate, and deliver a complete prototype ventless dryer to the Navy.

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