Compact and/or MEMS-based gas-sampling sensors for analysis of battery offgassing

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$80,000.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N65538-10-C-0035
Award Id:
98447
Agency Tracking Number:
N101-056-0877
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
NAVY 10-056
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
404 Enterprise Dr., Lewis Center, OH, 43035
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
927606251
Principal Investigator:
Lora Thrun
Director of Commercializa
(614) 842-6606
l.thrun@nextechmaterials.com
Business Contact:
William Dawson
President/CEO
(614) 842-6606
w.dawson@nextechmaterials.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Availability of robust and reliable sensors for battery health monitoring is essential to the safe implementation and use of re-chargeable batteries in military applications. Lead-acid, nickel-cadmium, silver-zinc, and lithium ion batteries, for example, are critical to a number of existing and emerging power systems in naval vehicles. When over-charged, degraded or damaged, each of these batteries emits hazardous gases that can cause explosions if left unchecked. In the proposed Phase I SBIR project, NexTech Materials, Ltd. will leverage its ceramic gas sensor technology platform to develop sensor devices aimed at battery health monitoring for Navy applications. Two types of sensors will be pursued. Through optimization of its chemi-resistive hydrogen sensor technology, NexTech will develop a sensor capable of detecting low concentrations of hydrogen for monitoring of hydrogen-emitting batteries (i.e. lead-acid, nickel-cadmium, and silver-zinc). Through material substitutions and optimization studies, NexTech will also adapt its sensor technology for monitoring gaseous species emitted from degraded lithium ion batteries. In the Phase I Option, NexTech will design a prototype device and test plan, for fabrication and execution in Phase II, that integrates these discreet sensor technologies into a single battery health monitoring device.

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