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Advanced Reversible Cryogenic Thermal Energy Storage (ARCTES)

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2014 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
N121-060-0145
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
N121-060
Solicitation Number:
2012.1
Small Business Information
Orbital Technologies Corporation (ORBITE
Space Center, 1212 Fourier Drive Madison, WI 53717-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2014
Title: Advanced Reversible Cryogenic Thermal Energy Storage (ARCTES)
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00024-14-C-4053
Award Amount: $750,000.00
 

Abstract:

ORBITEC proposes to develop the Advanced Reversible Cryogenic Thermal Energy Storage (ARCTES) system, which will provide temporary backup cooling for circulating helium gas coolant in high-temperature superconducting (HTS) systems for naval applications. The ARCTES will rely on an initially-frozen cryogen to absorb heat from the passing helium gas through a heat exchanger device. As the working cryogen continues to absorb heat, it will warm to its melting point, melt, and then continue to warm as a liquid and evaporate to the vapor phase. The ARCTES provides a compact, lightweight, and simple means of passively storing cooling capacity. For purposes of comparison, the current state-of-the-art backup cooling system relies on the heat of vaporization of liquid nitrogen, which provides approximately 200 joules per gram (J/g) of cooling capacity. The ARCTES system will improve upon this figure by 50%, approaching 300 J/g of cooling capacity. The ARCTES system has the additional advantages of requiring neither LN2 resupply nor a vent to atmosphere for boil-off gas, and of being passively reversible. ORBITEC has extensive experience in the formation and management of solid cryogens as part of our propulsion system development, and we are well-qualified to perform this work.

Principal Investigator:

Chris Clair
Principal Aerospace Engin
(608) 229-2727
stclairc@orbitec.com

Business Contact:

Eric Rice
CEO
(608) 229-2730
knaufs@orbitec.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Orbital Technologies Corporation (ORBITE
Space Center, 1212 Fourier Drive Madison, WI 53717-

EIN/Tax ID: 391628664
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No