NASA SBIR 2018-I Solicitation

Proposal Summary

 18-1- S4.04-8133
 Extreme Environments Technology
 High Temperature, High Energy Density and High Efficiency Capacitors for Aerospace Exploration
SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Powdermet, Inc.
24112 Rockwell Drive
Euclid , OH 44117-1252
(216) 404-0053

Principal Investigator (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Haixiong Tang
24112 Rockwell Drive Euclid, OH 44117 - 1252
(216) 404-0053

Business Official (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Andrew Sherman
24112 Rockwell Drive Euclid, OH 44117 - 1252
(216) 404-0053
Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) :
Begin: 2
End: 4
Technical Abstract

The project will develop high performance film capacitor with high temperature capability and high energy storage efficiency at high electric filed.  In this study, the proposed nanocomposite films have never been attempted to improve their energy storage performance before.  If the proposed method is successful, it can be one method to pilot plant scale of advanced nanocomposite films for high temperature, high voltage and high power capacitor with high energy storage efficiency. Powdermet will seek to optimize the approach and fabrication process based on the current results to reach higher energy density pulse-power capacitor at high temperature for future commercial capacitor application.

Potential NASA Applications

This advanced nanocomposite capacitors can be widely used in exploring the deep atmosphere and surface of giant planets, asteroids, and comets through the use of long-lived (days or weeks) balloons and landers, as well as advance aeronautic equipment. The proposed  capacitors can work at high temperature and high voltage with high energy density and high energy storage efficiency  where tradition power and energy storage device cannot be applied in.

Potential Non-NASA Applications

The proposed advanced capacitors can directly benefit pulse power device, such as radar, laser, rail gun, high power microwaves as well as for medical applications such as pacemakers and defibrillators. The high energy density capacitors also have huge potential in other areas, such as energy conversion in photovoltaics and integrated circuits, downhole power electronics in oil and gas industry, transportation applications like hybrid buses and micro-hybrids.

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