Low Temperature Extended Lifetime Fuel Cell (LoTEL-FC) Power System for Unattended Ground Sensors

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$999,243.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W911QX-13-C-0046
Agency Tracking Number:
A2-5019
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
A11-018
Solicitation Number:
2011.1
Small Business Information
Mainstream Engineering Corporation
200 Yellow Place, Rockledge, FL, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
175302579
Principal Investigator:
Joshua Sole
Engineer
(321) 631-3550
jsole@mainstream-engr.com
Business Contact:
Michael Rizzo
CFO
(321) 631-3550
mar@mainstream-engr.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
In Phase I, Mainstream Engineering demonstrated that a high concentration liquid-fed fuel cell system would significantly exceed the energy density of existing military batteries. In this proposal, we describe our Low Temperature Extended Lifetime Fuel Cell (LoTEL-FC) hybrid power system for unattended ground sensors. The system operates over a temperature range of -25°C to 65°C (13°F to 149°F) using an undiluted fuel source. In comparison to the existing unattended ground sensor primary battery-based power system, the LoTEL-FC system lasts twice as long, is smaller, and weighs half as much. Additionally, the LoTEL-FC system has a payback period of only 15 months. In Phase II, we will develop and test three progressively more complex LoTEL-FC systems and conclude Phase II at TRL 7.

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