Metal Hydride Energy Sources for Very High Altitude Aircraft Propulsion

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-11-C-0137
Agency Tracking Number: 08SB2-0963
Amount: $749,969.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: SB082-064
Solicitation Number: 2008.2
Small Business Information
263 Decatur Street, Atlanta, GA, -
DUNS: 807623046
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 William Rauch
 Sr Scientist
 (404) 584-2475
 wrauch@johnsonrd.com
Business Contact
 Anthony Pace
Title: COO
Phone: (404) 584-2475
Email: pace@johnsonrd.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
A Metal Hydride Solid Oxide Battery has been explored to answer the need for high energy density power required for High Altitude Long Endurance (HALE) aircraft. Lithium Hydride is a fuel source that can be stably stored for long periods allowing for a high level of readiness. Further, Lithium Hydride has a high energy density. The electrochemical oxidation of Lithium Hydride is far more effective than Carnot limited heat engines. When utilized in an electrochemical cell, energy densities of 1800Wh/kg and specific energy of more than 1100Wh/liter are anticipated. This cell can operate at high altitudes in thin air where many other energy alternatives are limited.

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