Engineered Nanoscale Materials for use in Thermal Batteries

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68936-13-C-0115
Agency Tracking Number: N121-035-1330
Amount: $300,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2014
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: N121-035
Solicitation Number: 2012.1
Small Business Information
NEI Corporation
400 E Apgar Drive, Somerset, NJ, -
DUNS: 042939277
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Nader Hagh
 Manager-Batteries
 (732) 868-3141
 nmhagh@neicorporation.com
Business Contact
 Ganesh Skandan
Title: CEO
Phone: (732) 868-3141
Email: gskandan@neicorporation.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Thermal batteries provide a short burst of high power to various components in smart munitions, such as missiles launched from UAVs and other systems. There is a need for thermal batteries that have higher energy density and power density, and longer run time than the state of the art batteries, which use micron-scale particles in the cathode, anode and electrolyte. In the Phase I program, we demonstrated the advantages of using engineered nanoscale particles as the cathode. High purity, nanosized iron disulfide was produced using both a wet chemical method and a solid state process. Cell level testing showed a greater than 50% decrease in impedance when nanoparticles were used, implying that substantially higher power densities are possible in the nanomaterial-enabled thermal battery. Nearly 20 percent increase in run time was also observed. The goal of the Phase II program is to advance the Technology Readiness Level to 5 by scaling up the cathode nanoparticle synthesis process, and fabricating and testing prototype thermal batteries of specifications currently used by the US Navy.Additionally, the structure and composition of the cathode will be optimized to maximize performance. The proposed effort is collaboration with a leading US manufacturer of thermal batteries. The technology will be transitioned into specific Navy applications in Phase III by working in collaboration with prime contractors who manufacture the missiles.

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