Mesoporous CO2 Scrubber Materials for Underwater Breathing Apparatus Platforms

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Special Operations Command
Contract: H92222-12-C-0016
Agency Tracking Number: S2-0175
Amount: $999,582.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solitcitation Year: 2010
Solitcitation Topic Code: SOCOM10-002
Solitcitation Number: 2010.1
Small Business Information
Luna Innovations Incorporated
1 Riverside Circle, Suite 400, Roanoke, VA, -
Duns: 627132913
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Bryan Koene
 Principal Investigator
 (540) 558-1699
Business Contact
 Elizabeth Gaudin
Title: Senior Contracts Administ
Phone: (540) 557-5881
Research Institution
Current and future military forces are moving to be lighter, faster, and stealthier in order to maintain an operational advantage. For example, underwater combat activities require light and small equipment for the submarines or the divers to efficiently complete the assigned missions. Among those systems required by underwater activities, breathing air supply equipment is especially critical for performance in the underwater environment. A lightweight and small volume underwater breathing apparatus (UBA) is required to supply combat divers with continuous breathing gas in the water. Naval Special Warfare Command"s (WARCOM) current CO2 scrubbing capabilities are large, expensive, non-regenerative, and can impart significant breathing resistance in human powered systems. Development of a more efficient and regenerative scrubber technology will benefit WARCOM by allowing small, lighter, less logistically demanding equipment for recycling breathing air. Luna Innovations has demonstrated novel regenerable sorbent materials that have demonstrated higher CO2 absorption efficiencies than current state of the art CO2 sorbents.

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