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Company Information:

Name: Rocky Research
Address: 1598 Foothill Dr
PO Box 61800
Boulder City, NV
Located in HUBZone: No
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
Phone: (702) 293-0851

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $1,883,439.00 27
SBIR Phase II $8,677,978.00 14
STTR Phase I $69,960.00 1

Award List:

AN ADVANCED STAGING CONCEPT FOR HIGH COEFFICIENT OF PERFORMANCE SOLID-VAPOR HEAT-ACTIVATED COMPLEX-COMPOUND HEATPUMPS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Mr Lance Kirol , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $50,000.00

SELF-CONTAINED SOLID-VAPOR HEAT PUMP CYCLES FOR CENTRAL HEAT TRANSFER BUS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Uwe Rockenfeller
Award Amount: $50,000.00

AN ADVANCED STAGING CONCEPT FOR HIGH COEFFICIENT OF PERFORMANCE SOLID-VAPOR HEAT-ACTIVATED COMPLEX-COMPOUND HEATPUMPS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Mr Lance Kirol , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $499,972.00
Abstract:
Sorption-type heat activated heat pumps using complex compounds as the sorbent media are a very promising development. this project advances an innovative staging technique that greatly increases the coefficient of performance (cop) achievable with complex compound sorption cycles. this staging… More

HIGH LIFT HEAT ACTUATED SOLID-VAPOR HEAT PUMP FOR SIMULTANEOUS REFRIGERATION AND WATER HEATING.

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Uwe Rockenfell , President Chief Engineer
Award Amount: $50,000.00
Abstract:
There is a need for refrigeration as well as hot water heating on manned spacecraft. in order to obtain energy andmass efficient equipment, it is proposed to use coordinativecomplex compounds, a special class of non-toxic solid-vapor media, for a dual duty thermodynamic cycle which provides… More

HIGH DENSITY CHEMICAL THERMAL STORAGE SYSTEM FOR LOW GRAVITY ENVIRONMENTS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Uwe Rockenfell , President
Award Amount: $50,000.00

DUAL-TEMPERATURE THERMAL STORAGE USING AMMONIATED COMPLEX COMPOUNDS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $49,416.00

DUAL-TEMPERATURE THERMAL STORAGE USING AMMONIATED COMPLEX COMPOUNDS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $500,000.00
Abstract:
Chill and heat storage is useful in shifting electrical load from periods of peak power to off-peak periods. chill storage systems using complex compounds have higher storage densities (both mass density and volumetrically) than conventional systems such as ice storage, and can be used at lower… More

HIGH DENSITY CHEMICAL THERMAL STORAGE SYSTEM FOR LOW GRAVITY ENVIRONMENTS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Uwe Rockenfell , President
Award Amount: $497,987.00
Abstract:
Thermal storage systems are needed for effective thermal management on manned spacecraft and planetary based systems. thermal storage equipment has the potential to reduce the overall system mass by decreasing the capacity requirements of heat pumps, refrigerators and chillers through load leveling.… More

A HOT WATER HEATED WITH INTEGRATED THERMAL ENERGY STORAGE USING COMPLEX COMPOUNDS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Dr. William P. Graebel , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $50,000.00
Abstract:
Thermal energy storage is useful in shifting electrical loadfrom periods of peak power to off-peak periods. thermal energy storage systems using complex compounds have higher storage densities (both mass and volumetric density) than conventional systems. in this project, a thermal energy storage… More

HIGH-TEMPERATURE-WASTE-HEAT-DRIVEN COOLING USING COMPLEX COMPOUND SORPTION MEDIA

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $41,489.00

SELF-CONTAINED SOLID-VAPOR HEAT PUMP CYCLES FOR CENTRAL HEAT TRANSFER BUS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Uwe Rockenfeller
Award Amount: $491,000.00
Abstract:
For thermal loads close to, but different from, the operating temperature of a central heat transfer bus, heat pumps are needed to space the temperature difference. the lack of gravity in space with the associated phase separation problems, as well as efficiency and reliability requirements cause… More

HIGH-TEMPERATURE-WASTE-HEAT-DRIVEN COOLING USING COMPLEX COMPOUND SORPTION MEDIA

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $482,000.00
Abstract:
Manned lunar bases will require cooling for dehumidification(about 40 degrees fahrenheit) and habitat (60 degrees fahrenheit). the background temperature for heat rejection is 125 degrees fahrenheit, requiring reject temperatures of 180 degrees fahrenheit or above. waste heat will be available from… More

Solid State Chemistry Cooling Devices

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Uwe Rockenfeller, Phd
Award Amount: $50,000.00

Solid State Chemistry Cooling Devices

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Uwe Rockenfeller, Phd
Award Amount: $561,404.00
Abstract:
Miniature adsorption refrigeration systems capable of cooling as low as -60 degrees Fahrenheit without fans for heat rejection are being developed. When used with computers and electronics packages, advantages include 40% higher processing speed with key chips operating at low temperature, better… More

AN ENGINE EXHAUST FIRED NON-CHLOROFLUOROCARBON REFRIGERATION AND THERMAL STORAGE SYSTEM

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Mr Paul Sarkisian
Award Amount: $74,701.00
Abstract:
Typical truck-trailer refrigeration units currently use either the chlorofluorocarbons (cfcs) r-12, r-500, or r-502, or hydro cfc (hcfc) r-22 as a near term replacement. all of these refrigerants contribute to the ozone depletion problem. because the cfcs are scheduled for a completee phaseout by… More

Miniature Adsorption Blast-Freezer for Use in Space

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Lance D. Kirol
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Adsorption refrigeration using ammoniated complex compounds as the absorbent media can be used for miniature portable blast freezers. This is possible because the technology allows low evaporator temperatures without staging, is scalable to small sizes, and has high reliability because the only… More

Regenerative Rapid Optical Component Cooling

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Lance Kirol
Award Amount: $59,850.00
Abstract:
Proposed is the development of a two-stage cooling system to meet the rapid cool down requirements of optical sensor components. The proposed device will integrate a regenerative complex-compound cooling engine to cool the load to approximately -60¿C, at which point a blowdown system will… More

Complex Compound Comfort Air Conditioning for Electric Vehicles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: William Dooley
Award Amount: $64,904.00

SBIR Phase I: Development of a Complex Compound Heating System for Divers in Polar Regions

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Paul Sarkisian
Award Amount: $68,342.00

SBIR Phase I: High Activity Heat and Mass Transfer Additives for LiBr Absorption Chillers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Travis Chandler
Award Amount: $74,852.00

Waste Heat Driven Topping Cycle for Cryogenic Terrestrial Radar Power System Heat Dissipation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: William Dooley
Award Amount: $60,000.00
Abstract:
Improvements in the mass, volume and efficiency of mobile radar systems appears to be an obtainable goal by using cryogenic cooling techniques to remove heat from the generator, power conditioning equipment, and antenna systems. This proposal seeks to advance a concept by which further size and… More

SBIR Phase I: High Activity Heat and Mass Transfer Additives for LiBr Absorption Chillers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Travis Chandler
Award Amount: $270,107.00

Absorption Chiller Corrosion Protection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Dr. Travis Chandler
Award Amount: $75,000.00
Abstract:
50131-98-I Absorption Chiller Corrosion Protection--Rocky Research, P.O. Box 61800, Boulder City, NV 89006-1800; (702) 293-0851 Dr. Travis Chandler, Principal Investigator Dr. Uwe Rockenfeller, Business Official DOE Grant No. DE-FG03-98ER82658 Amount: $75,000 Corrosion control is the main… More

Heat-Driven Pyroelectric Pump

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $69,955.00

Heat Storage and Temperature Amplification for Space-Based Laser Diode Cooling

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Kaveh Khalili, Program Manager
Award Amount: $69,626.00
Abstract:
Solid-state lasers are attractive for space-based and airborne applications such as target illumination and weapons, but heat must be removed for continuous operation. Laser cooling involves three problems: (1) heat removal from the laser diode, (2) heattransport for rejection, and (3) heat… More

Ammonia Storage as Complex Compounds for a Safe and Compact Hydrogen Source

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Paul Sarkisian, Director Of Engineering
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Ammonia is an attractive media for storing hydrogen for fuel cells because it exceeds 17% hydrogen by weight and leaves only nitrogen after decomposition and hydrogen removal. Safety questions related to the relatively high vapor pressure of ammonia canbe alleviated if ammonia is stored on an… More

Thermoelectric Water Heater and Chiller

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Lance Kirol, Senior Engineering Analys
Award Amount: $120,000.00
Abstract:
The Army needs a thermoelectric water cooler and heater for the future combat vehicle. The appliance must simultaneously cool drinking water, and heat water for preparing Meals Ready to Eat (MREs). The heat balance for simultaneous heating and coolingonly works exactly for one set of starting hot… More

Thermoelectric Water Heater and Chiller

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Lance Kirol, Senior Engineering Analys
Award Amount: $724,503.00
Abstract:
Drinking water in the Future Combat Vehicle (FCV) will be recovered from exhaust or air. Water must be cooled for consumption, and heated for use with rations. The Army requested an appliance that could simultaneously heat and cool potable water. InPhase I, a breadboard thermoelectric device was… More

Heat Storage and Temperature Amplification for Space-Based Laser Diode Cooling

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Kaveh Khalili, Program Manager
Award Amount: $734,352.00
Abstract:
The proposed Phase II effort is to build two complex compound prototypes to remove 4.6 kW heat from laser diodes at 280K to 300K. The prototype will be delivered to MDA upon completion of the Phase II project. The technology is based on a proven solid-vapor sorption complex compound technology… More

Portable Trauma Patient Warming Blanket and Heat Source

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: University of Nevada
Principal Investigator: Paul Sarkisian, Director of Engineering
Award Amount: $69,960.00
RI Contact: G. T. Shires
Abstract:
Prevention and treatment of hypothermia during casualty transport is a major concern during military operations. Warming blankets are available at some field surgical centers, but nothing is currently available during air transport. Proposed is a rechargeable portable warming blanket system… More

Lightweight Composite Armor Material

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Kaveh Khalili, Program Manager
Award Amount: $79,670.00
Abstract:
Rocky Research has developed a novel armor material (COMBAM) that provides lower cost and better performance than Kevlar. Preliminary samples show at least 15% mass savings compared to conventional ballistic armor, for protection against the same threat level. COMBAM also has enhanced ability for… More

Universal, Modular Electronics Cooler

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Paul Sarkisian, Director of Engineering
Award Amount: $69,752.00
Abstract:
Proposed is the development of a Universal Modular Electronics Cooler for the Army that is applicable to cooling of high density electronics components used in Signals Intelligence and Electronics Warfare. The proposed cooler will include a variable capacity vapor compression system with variable… More

Heat Actuated Cooling System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Kaveh Khalili, Program Manager
Award Amount: $67,730.00
Abstract:
In this Phase I effort Rocky Research proposes a novel heat actuated cooling technology capable of providing air-conditioning and heating at high and low ambient temperatures. The solid-gas absorption technology is based on highly efficient complex compound technology employing variable capacity… More

Universal, Modular Electronics Cooler

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Paul Sarkisian, Director of Engineering – (702) 293-0851
Award Amount: $716,553.00
Abstract:
Proposed is continuation of the development of a Universal Modular Electronics Cooler (UMEC) for the Army that is applicable to cooling of high density electronics components used in Signals Intelligence and Electronics Warfare. The proposed cooler will include a variable capacity vapor compression… More

Recovery Act - High-Efficiency Absorption Cycle and Novel Mid-Temperature Solar Collector.

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Paul Sarkisian, Dr.
Award Amount: $149,427.00
Abstract:
The proposed project addresses the need for an efficient cost-effective building cooling system which is powered by solar heat collected using low to medium temperature solar collectors. Such a system avoids the need for expensive high-temperature solar collectors and has potential to result in a… More

Recovery Act - Efficient Solar Power Air Conditioning Using a High-Efficiency Absorption Cycle and Novel Mid-Temperature Solar Collector

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Paul Sarkisian, Dr.
Award Amount: $994,606.00
Abstract:
The proposed project is for the development of a low cost, high efficiency solar cooling system. The system makes use of novel low cost mid temperature solar collectors in conjunction with a unique solar driven continuously variable speed absorption chiller to provide cost effective air… More

High Energy Density and High Power Density Thermal Energy Storage

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Lance Kirol, Senior Engineering Analyst – (702) 293-0851
Award Amount: $99,192.00
Abstract:
Thermal energy storage for load smoothing can be beneficial in applications having large transient heat load compared to steady-state heat rejection. Laser weapons and high-power microwave generators are examples where TES can help. Ammoniated complex compound systems can provide heat absorption… More

High Efficiency Mobile Ice Maker (HEMIM)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Kaveh Khalili, Director of Science and Technology – (702) 293-0851
Award Amount: $69,829.00
Abstract:
Proposed is the development of a High Efficiency Mobile Ice Maker (HEMIM) for the Army that is capable of integrating DC power from solar PV cells. The proposed ice maker will include a variable capacity vapor compression system with variable air flow as per ambient temperatures. The Performance of… More

Advanced Fan Coil Unit

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Kaveh Khalili, Director of Science and T – (702) 293-0851
Award Amount: $79,704.00
Abstract:
An estimated 20% of a US Navy ship"s total fuel consumption is due to heating, ventilation and air-conditioning. Reduction in electrical consumption of Navy ship Fan Coil Assemblies with increased energy efficiency is necessary for fuel savings. Rocky Research proposes an advanced Fan Coil… More

High Energy Density and High Power Density Thermal Energy Storage

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Lance Kirol, Senior Engineering Analys – (702) 293-0851
Award Amount: $749,390.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Thermal energy storage for load smoothing can be beneficial in applications having large transient heat load compared to steady-state heat rejection. Laser weapons and high-power microwave generators are examples where TES can help. Ammoniated complex compound systems can provide heat… More

Heat Actuated Cooling System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Kaveh Khalili, Director of Science and T – (702) 293-0851
Award Amount: $729,691.00
Abstract:
The principal objective of this effort is to develop an advanced complex compound for ammonia-solid absorption chillers and demonstrate the enhanced sorbent for a 18,000 BTU/hr technology demonstrator in the Phase II effort. Phase I experimental data showed that it is feasible to make a fuel-fired… More

High Efficiency Mobile Ice Maker (HEMIM)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Kaveh Khalili, Director of Science and T – (702) 293-0851
Award Amount: $726,413.00
Abstract:
Proposed is the continuation of development of a High Efficiency Mobile Ice Maker (HEMIM) for the Army that is capable of integrating DC power from solar PV cells. The proposed ice maker will include a variable capacity vapor compression system with variable air flow as per ambient temperatures. The… More