High Capacity, Lightweight , and Compact Thermal Energy Storage (TES) Technologies and Systems

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,818.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-08-M-5026
Agency Tracking Number:
F073-046-1420
Solicitation Year:
2007
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF073-046
Solicitation Number:
2007.3
Small Business Information
AQWEST
8276 Eagle Road, Larkspur, CO, 80118
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
799077552
Principal Investigator:
Jan (John) Vetrovec
President
(303) 681-0456
jvetrovec@aqwest.com
Business Contact:
Katerina Vetrovec
VP of Marketing & Sales
(303) 681-0456
kvetrovec@aqwest.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Aqwest proposes to develop novel, high-performance thermal energy storage (TES) technologies and a TES integration concept for thermal management (TM) of directed energy weapons (DEW). In particular, we will develop a packed bed (PB) and sorption-based (SB) TES concepts, and a TES integration into a high-performance (HP) thermal management system (TMS), each offering unparalleled compactness and lightweight. The proposed project will produce major benefits to the Air Force: 1) TES with up to 250 kJ/kg & 254 MJ/m3 @20°C; and up to 600 kJ/kg & 430 MJ/m3 @40°C, 2) TES integration concept offering 3-10x reduction in size and weight, 3) Gravity independent TMS: compatible with maneuvering airborne platforms, 4) TMS operation independent of DEW power supply, and 5) TMS response <<1 second from cold start. In Phase I, we will develop TM requirements for a solid-state HEL on a C-130 tactical platform, evaluate the concepts for PB and SB TES, and optimize the concept for TES integration into HP-TMS. In Phase II, we will complete the design and construct each a subscale PB-TES, BS-TES and a subscale HP-TMS for demonstration testing under representative conditions. Other applications of the proposed technology include high-capacity cooling of intermittent heat loads in commercial systems.

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