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Development of Safe, Reliable, and Durable Lithium-ion Battery for Naval Aircraft Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-14-C-0339
Agency Tracking Number: N14A-006-0093
Amount: $79,754.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N14A-T006
Solicitation Number: 2014.A
Solicitation Year: 2014
Award Year: 2014
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2014-09-09
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2015-04-09
Small Business Information
2000 South County Trail, East Greenwich, RI, -
DUNS: 617158712
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Joe Gnanaraj
 Senior Scientist
 (401) 471-6580
Business Contact
 Vincent Yevoli
Title: President/COO
Phone: (401) 471-6580
Research Institution
 University of Arizona
 Qing Hao
 1130 North Mountain Avenue
PO Box 210119
Tucson, AZ, 85721-
 (520) 621-6582
 Nonprofit college or university
Yardney will design and develop a lightweight, safe, reliable, and cost-effective aircraft battery with improved thermal design and the use of active cooling techniques. As a novel part of the battery design, Yardney will investigate and implement high performance electrodes using three dimensional (3D) micro-porous current collectors, safer thin metal case cell design, a micro-channel heat pipe thermal control system to collect heat generated inside the battery and then conduct the heat to the outer shell, thus providing direct cooling for the overheated region. The novel design will also prevent heat propagation between the cells with a lightweight aerogel that has low thermal conductivity. Tests of the enhanced cell design will be compared with Yardney"s existing battery, which meets current full aircraft electrical performance requirements. Yardney will work with the University of Arizona, experts in thermal modeling and heat-generation studies in battery electrodes and the battery cells and investigate the most effective thermal design for the 3D electrodes and the battery pack using high performance computing systems.

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