QynCap Energy Storage Device for Airborne Directed Energy Weapons

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$749,756.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N68335-10-C-0152
Award Id:
87707
Agency Tracking Number:
N082-130-0323
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
N08-130
Solicitation Number:
2008.2
Small Business Information
3800 Osuna Road NE, Suite 2, Albuquerque, NM, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
128891962
Principal Investigator:
Christopher Eiting
Director of Engineering
(505) 314-1425
chris.eiting@qynergy.com
Business Contact:
Todd Bisio
President
(505) 314-1431
todd@qynergy.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The Navy is in the process of improving the warfighting capability of critical platforms by introducing laser-based weapon systems that require pulses of DC electric power. Electrochemical capacitors, or ultracapacitors, are superior to Li-ion batteries for pulse power applications. Qynergy has developed a hybrid ultracapacitor technology called the QynCap which utilizes one activated carbon (capacitor) electrode and one nickel hydroxide (battery) electrode in an aqueous KOH electrolyte. Compared with conventional ultracapacitors, QynCaps have a higher capacity per mass because of the use of the battery electrode, and they operate at lower temperatures (-55 degrees C) because of the aqueous electrolyte. Although the use of this electrolyte reduces the QynCap operating voltage, it also lowers the internal series resistance which improves power performance (KOH/water is>50 more conductive than any organic electrolyte). The objectives of this eighteen month Phase II SBIR Basic Effort are to fabricate and test spirally-wound QynCap cells for use in Navy high-energy laser systems. In addition, a multi-cell module prototype will be designed and fabricated, complete with control electronics, active cell balancing, and state-of-health sensors. In the six month Phase II SBIR Option, extensive electrical and mechanical testing will be performed on the cells.

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