NASA SBIR 2016 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 16-1 S3.01-8512
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Power Generation and Conversion
PROPOSAL TITLE: High Energy Long Life Betavoltaic Battery

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
MicroLink Devices, Inc.
6457 Howard Street
Niles, IL 60714 - 3301
(847) 588-3001

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Glen C Hillier
6457 Howard Street
Niles, IL 60714 - 3301
(847) 588-3001 Extension :11

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Noren Pan
6457 Howard Street
Niles, IL 60714 - 3301
(847) 920-9705

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 3
End: 4

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Power Generation and Conversion is a Technology Available (TAV) subtopic that includes NASA Intellectual Property (IP). Do you plan to use the NASA IP under the award?

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
The proposed innovation will dramatically improve the performance of tritium-powered betavoltaic batteries through the development of an ultra thin p on n junction composed of indium gallium phosphide coupled to a thin film metal tritide. The thin cell will be built using MicroLink's signature epitaxial lift off technology and standard metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) along with City Labs' tritium betavoltaic expertise. The proposed betavoltaic p/n junction can be stacked in a box or rolled into a cylinder and will provide a cost saving of up to 90%, while increasing energy density to up to twenty times that of lithium batteries. Such an advanced semiconductor device will produce much higher power outputs than are possible with existing state-of-the-art devices as illustrated in the Figure. It will provide the battery a life span in excess of 20 years with the broad-range temperature-insensitivity benefits normally associated with betavoltaics. This increased power/energy density for tritium betavoltaics will open up pathways for significant advances in power solutions for diminutive sized, low-power microelectronic devices that may be used in Cubesat and in-space power systems. Example applications include microwatt-to-milliwatt autonomous 20+ year sensors/microelectronics for use in structural monitoring, mesh networks, tagging and tracking wireless sensors, medical device implants, and deep space power where solar is not easily available. Tritium betavoltaics are capable of addressing this power niche for devices requiring reliable, uninterrupted power through extremes of temperature, longevity and diminutive form factors where traditional batteries cannot operate.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
MicroLink and City Labs anticipate that the proposed work will result in the creation of a betavoltaic battery with a volumetric power density of 200 microwatts/cm3, a lifetime in excess of 20 years, an energy density of 20 times that of lithium batteries (integrated over 20 years of continuous power) and a cost reduction of a factor of 10 (from $1000/microwatt to $100/microwatt). This combination of factors will allow tritium betavoltaics to be introduced to a mainstream market in a number of potential NASA applications, including high value deep space missions, independent power sources for spacecraft electronics and backup communications systems.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Potential non-NASA applications include: battery back-up power for FPGA encryption keys used in many defense and security applications, domestic anti-tamper for defense applications, nuclear storage/ device monitoring for defense applications, satellite power supplies, including cubesats, SRAM (static random access memory) volatile memory, sensors, and medical bionics/ implants.
In the government sector, customers include the US Air Force, US Navy, Special Forces, CIA, NSA, and NRO. In the commercial sector, potential customers include commercial satellite manufacturers, such as Lockheed Martin, Boeing, and Space Systems Loral, medical device makers, semiconductor device makers, such as Intel, and AMD, and sensor makers.
It should be noted that City Labs has sold prototype and commercial batteries into select high value markets with premium customers such as Lockheed Martin, NASA?s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING (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.)
Materials (Insulator, Semiconductor, Substrate)
Sources (Renewable, Nonrenewable)

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