NASA SBIR 2005 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER:05 S2.02-9266
SUBTOPIC TITLE:Extreme High Temperature/High Pressure Environment
PROPOSAL TITLE:High Temperature Battery for in situ Exploration of Venus

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Mobile Energy Products Inc.
3820 S Hancock Expressway
Colorado Springs ,CO 80911 - 1231
(719) 392 - 4266

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dr. David Pickett PhD Senior Scientist
dpickett@electroenergyinc.com
3820 S. Hancock Expressway
Colorado Springs, CO  80911 -1231
(719) 392 - 4266

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (LIMIT 200 WORDS)
Development of batteries capable of operational temperatures of 380?C and 486oC with a specific capacity 200 Wh/kg for use as a power source on the Venusian surface and for planetary probes in similar high temperature atmospheres and where ambient pressures of 90 atmospheres are to be expected. These conditions are well beyond most conventional battery technologies, except those experienced by thermally activated batteries that use a Li(Si)/FeS?2 couple. This proposal provides for the novel approach of using proven expertise from thermal batteries to develop high temperature space batteries.
The approach will be to first determine the optimum cell chemistry from potential candidate systems and test via cells. Next, verification of cell performance at temperatures will be made. Design of a robust battery/cell container using super nickel alloys such as Inconel 718 will be made. Stress and dynamics analyses will be made on the final mechanical design that will be verified by test.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 150 WORDS)
Successful completion of this development of high temperature batteries will have significant positive impact on many different NASA missions, where batteries must operate at high temperatures due to environmental conditions.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 150 WORDS)
The R&D conducted under this program will have the potential to make improvements to thermal batteries, low temperature thermal batteries, high temperature batteries for borehole and terrestrial applications, and other specialty high temperature batteries for space applications.

NASA's technology taxonomy has been developed by the SBIR-STTR program to disseminate awareness of proposed and awarded R/R&D in the agency. It is a listing of over 100 technologies, sorted into broad categories, of interest to NASA.

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING
Ultra-High Density/Low Power


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