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Thermal/Mechanical Aqueous Chlorate Solution Oxygen Generator

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2011 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
N101-081-1359
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
N101-081
Solicitation Number:
2010.1
Small Business Information
API Engineering LLC
1200 Diamond Circle Unit F Lafayette, CO -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Thermal/Mechanical Aqueous Chlorate Solution Oxygen Generator
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-11-C-0400
Award Amount: $749,562.00
 

Abstract:

During Phase 1 API Engineering LLC demonstrated feasibility of an oxygen source for UUV solid oxide fuel cell power systems using an aqueous chlorate solution for its oxygen storage composition. Twenty subscale breadboard laboratory decomposition tests plus ten product disposal tests provided the key data for feasibility validation, system sizing, and performance analysis. For Phase 2 API is proposing to mature the technology via full scale brassboard and prototype tests in the base period followed by demonstration of operation with a fuel cell in the option period. The innovative thermal/mechanical decomposition approach provides oxygen generation in a low risk and compact system where all inputs/outputs are fluids or gasses. Use of waste heat from a solid oxide fuel cell allows the oxygen generator to achieve greater than 97% efficiency. The integrated fuel cell, fuel reformer, and oxygen generator system is projected to achieve an energy density of>500 W-hr/kg for long duration UUV missions. The room temperature oxygen storage composition makes UUV refueling simple and straight forward for rapid mission turnaround with no need to open any hull joints. The approach is projected to meet required storage, operational, and safety requirements.

Principal Investigator:

Ken Presley
Principal Investigator
(303) 665-1138
kenpresley@apiengr.com

Business Contact:

James Raum
Vice President
(303) 868-5212
jimraum@apiengr.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

API Engineering LLC
1200 Diamond Circle Unit F Lafayette, CO -

EIN/Tax ID: 264528294
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No