Tunable O2 Generation for UUVs

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-12-C-0086
Agency Tracking Number: N101-081-1511
Amount: $750,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: N101-081
Solicitation Number: 2010.1
Small Business Information
12345 W. 52nd Ave., Wheat Ridge, CO, -
DUNS: 181947730
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Gokhan Alptekin
 Principal Engineer
 (303) 940-2349
 galptekin@tda.com
Business Contact
 John Wright
Title: Chief Technology Officer
Phone: (303) 940-2300
Email: jdwright@tda.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
The majority of the unmanned undersea vehicles (UUVs) run on batteries. However, extended missions (or high-power, short-duration missions) require a much higher energy density than can be stored in batteries. Fuel cells, such as the Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFCs) Systems, can be very efficient and provide much better energy storage density. However, the SOFC generators require an ample supply of high quality oxygen (O2) to oxidize the energy dense heavy hydrocarbon fuels (e.g., JP-5). The oxygen storage system must be safe, reliable, highly compact and deliver the oxygen at a rate that adjusts to meet varying power loads of the UUV. TDA Research, Inc. (TDA) proposes to develop an efficient, compact and highly tunable oxygen generation system to support the varied different load profiles of UUV missions. In Phase II, we will develop a full-scale breadboard prototype system and demonstrate technical viability of the concept.

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