Turbo-Rankine Power System for Deep Sea Hydrothermal Vents

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-12-C-0336
Agency Tracking Number: N111-071-0450
Amount: $746,774.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: N111-071
Solicitation Number: 2011.1
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 71, Hanover, NH, -
DUNS: 072021041
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jeffrey Breedlove
 Principal Investigator
 (603) 643-3800
Business Contact
 James Barry
Title: President
Phone: (603) 643-3800
Email: contractsmgr@creare.com
Research Institution
Hydrothermal vents emit large amounts of hot water, which has the potential to produce electric power. This type of power source can enable remote sea sensors, recharge autonomous underwater vehicles, and facilitate a variety of deep sea activities. Developing a power system for this application is challenging because the environment is extremely corrosive, mineral precipitation and biological activity can obstruct critical surfaces, and the system must operate reliably for long time periods without maintenance. In response, we are developing a turbo-Rankine power system that is optimized for hydrothermal vents. Our system consists of discrete components that are packaged to fit optimally within a simple containment structure and around adjacent features and subsystems. Continuous fluid flow within the system will communicate directly with the heat source and heat rejection environment, without intermediate flow loops or large thermal structures. Creare is well suited to succeed; we have a long history of developing advanced turbomachines, heat exchangers, and thermodynamic systems for challenging aerospace and terrestrial applications. During Phase I, we optimized design trades, completed a preliminary design, and tested a subscale version of the heat exchanger that will interact with the hydrothermal vent. During Phase II, we will fabricate and test prototype components.

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