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Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Army | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 100.00K | Year: 2012

American Energy Technologies Co., a woman-owned small business concern of Illinois, will partner with Lockheed Martin MS2-Eagan, and with A.J. Drexel University, in order to develop and field an innovative manufacturing process for synthesis of highly conductive nanosized graphitic materials. A two-pronged approach towards making a desired graphitic particle architecture, which measures 20 nm x 5 micron, will be sought. Both methods will start off with a purified flake graphite, which will be air milled to 5 microns in the initial step. Flakes will then go via two different routes through a series of steps of intercalation, exfoliation and subsequent delamination until the desired thickness of particle is achieved. Resultant product will be compressed to 50% theoretical density, and then dispersed into obscurant clouds with high loading of discrete nanoparticles. Cloud"s IR attenuation will be assessed by FTIR. The objective of the effort is to develop new generation, low cost and environmentally benign obscurant materials, packaging and employment techniques, which would provide reduced toxicological footprint, while ensuring efficient simultaneous disguise in the visible and infrared regions of electromagnetic spectrum.


Grant
Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Missile Defense Agency | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase II | Award Amount: 1.01M | Year: 2016

American Energy Technologies Co. (a woman-owned small business concern of Arlington Heights, IL), will be joined by subcontractor Advanced Technology Laboratories of Lockheed Martin Corp. (St. Paul, MN) in order to develop and fully furnish functional prototypes of two anti-corrosion technologies with the goal to deploy them in a variety of MDA-owned equipment platforms. The first technology is a two-layer top coating which will protect metallic installations. Of primary focus are Zinc-primed steel structures which will be guarded from environmental corrosion by a layer of Zinc-epoxy and specialty pigment-filled polyurethane top sealant. The second aspect of this effort is the development of a new and improved galvanic protection technology which operates under the principle of impressed current cathodic protection. A new design of ultra-low solubility anodes is unveiled. The combined application of both technologies is likely to ensure useful operational life of metal assets exposed to harsh environments on the order of 50 years.


Grant
Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Defense Logistics Agency | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 104.99K | Year: 2015

American Energy Technologies Co. will partner with Eagle Picher Technologies and Alion Science & Technology in order to develop a lean and efficient method for synthesis of Lithium battery grade carbon monofluoride (CFx). The focus of the development work will be on continuous processing, application of domestic raw materials and use of modern material de-aggregation techniques for particles of the end-product. Proposed reaction synthesis will yield a product with F/C ratio from 0.9 to 1.1. The project will address subjects of reactor design and fabrication; mapping the process; identifying, selecting and pre-treating raw material to produce experimental size batches of CFx. Using fluorinated samples, the contractor will further explore the effects of post-synthesis treatment of the finished product - a step aimed at minimizing the initial voltage drop phenomena in resultant CFx (a known drawback with CFx materials used today). The process development part of the project shall be complemented by electrochemical and physicochemical characterization studies of new materials vs control.


Grant
Agency: National Science Foundation | Branch: | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 149.97K | Year: 2013

This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project will develop a series of primary and rechargeable Zinc-Air batteries of new generation. Individual cells will use a new and improved interior design, as well as will incorporate in their composition a host of novel materials and innovative technological solutions. A complete revision of the bill of materials for the battery is planned. The latter will seek to enhance practical Specific Energy of cells, dramatically boosting operational service life, increasing rate capability, preventing in-cell gassing due to corrosion of the anode, and making cells that can better resist the effects of humidity. New product concepts shall be assembled into three standard cell sizes (e.g. LR2450, AA and D) of uniquely modified interior design, and tested against their reference counterparts, so as to conclude on their performance advantages, and to establish grounds for prototyping and commercialization. The ultimate goal is to build cells that will demonstrate Specific Energy of 550+Wh/kg (achieving this value would put this technology at 25% improvement over industry leading brands). The broader impact/commercial potential of this project is to commercialize new and improved Zinc-Air Batteries and cells. They hold a tremendous potential for successful adoption by the market. The projected demand is driven by a number of factors, with the major one being a substantial installed base currently populated by the conventional Zinc-Air batteries. The latter is the technology of choice in the hearing aid medical devices. Driven by the aging population in the developed countries, the adoption of hearing aid devices is due to increase at a rate, which is forecasted to drive the market for Zinc-Air systems to $400M worldwide by 2017. Also, Zinc-Airs will continue to be used in some niches with the military. Three other lucrative opportunities identified for the specific battery is in the energy storage for utilities, unattended RFIDs, autonomous health monitoring systems and stationary power supplies.


Grant
Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Missile Defense Agency | Program: STTR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 100.00K | Year: 2014

American Energy Technologies Co. (a woman-owned small business concern of Arlington Heights, IL), will be joined by subcontractors University of Massachusetts (Boston, MA) and Advanced Technology Laboratories of Lockheed Martin Corp. (St. Paul, MN) in order to develop two anti-corrosion technologies with the goal to deploy them in a variety of equipment. The first technology is a top coating which will protect metallic installations. Of primary focus are Zinc-primed steel and/or anodized Aluminum structures which are already guarded from environmental corrosion by a layer of polyurethane sealant. The proposed innovative coating system will be applied on top of the polyurethane. The second aspect of this effort is the development of a new and improved galvanic protection technology which operates under the principle of impressed current cathodic protection. A new design of ultra-low solubility anodes is unveiled. The combined application of both technologies is likely to ensure useful operational life of metal assets exposed to harsh marine environments on the order of 50 years. Approved for Public Release 14-MDA-7663 (8 January 14)


Grant
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration | Branch: | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 124.87K | Year: 2014

This Phase I SBIR project seeks to develop a 500 Wh/kg Lithium primary battery for intended application as the primary power source on landers and probes for future missions to Titan/Enceladus and near Earth asteroids. The proposed battery technology aims to offer a viable alternative to Li/SO2 primary batteries which were used in the most recent mission to Titan. A thorough analysis of power requirements for the Huygens-Cassini mission (2005 landing) will be undertaken from the point of view of identifying engineering areas where the benefits of introduction of a more potent battery could be realized. Developers will focus on the engineering and performance testing of two distinctly different cell designs in a 32650 cylindrical cell housing. An integral part of the new battery will be a system of smart electrical heaters which, at a fraction of available battery power, will turn resistive heaters on and off as required to compensate for heat losses through the battery box wall (the assumption of the model being studied is that the battery should not require the use of external radioactive heating sources to maintain operation). This project will see the introduction of several new materials which will be manufactured by the contractor for purposes of boosting the energy efficiency of the proposed battery system.


Grant
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 149.97K | Year: 2013

This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project will develop a series of primary and rechargeable Zinc-Air batteries of new generation. Individual cells will use a new and improved interior design, as well as will incorporate in their composition a host of novel materials and innovative technological solutions. A complete revision of the bill of materials for the battery is planned. The latter will seek to enhance practical Specific Energy of cells, dramatically boosting operational service life, increasing rate capability, preventing in-cell gassing due to corrosion of the anode, and making cells that can better resist the effects of humidity. New product concepts shall be assembled into three standard cell sizes (e.g. LR2450, AA and D) of uniquely modified interior design, and tested against their reference counterparts, so as to conclude on their performance advantages, and to establish grounds for prototyping and commercialization. The ultimate goal is to build cells that will demonstrate Specific Energy of 550+Wh/kg (achieving this value would put this technology at 25% improvement over industry leading brands).

The broader impact/commercial potential of this project is to commercialize new and improved Zinc-Air Batteries and cells. They hold a tremendous potential for successful adoption by the market. The projected demand is driven by a number of factors, with the major one being a substantial installed base currently populated by the conventional Zinc-Air batteries. The latter is the technology of choice in the hearing aid medical devices. Driven by the aging population in the developed countries, the adoption of hearing aid devices is due to increase at a rate, which is forecasted to drive the market for Zinc-Air systems to $400M worldwide by 2017. Also, Zinc-Airs will continue to be used in some niches with the military. Three other lucrative opportunities identified for the specific battery is in the energy storage for utilities, unattended RFIDs, autonomous health monitoring systems and stationary power supplies.


Grant
Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Defense Logistics Agency | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 96.17K | Year: 2014

American Energy Technologies Co., a woman-owned small business concern of Illinois will partner with Lockheed Martin Corp"s Missions Systems and Sensors and with Analog Devices, in order to develop and demonstrate a new and improved primary battery capable of delivering up to two thirds of the energy density of gasoline as employed in an internal combustion engine, and up to 6.5 times the specific capacity reported to date for the most advanced Lithium-Ion batteries. The development effort seeks to produce one of the highest energy density battery systems in the market of conventional chemical batteries. The end product will have a calendar life of 20 years, and will represent a maintenance-free, safe, flight worthy, environmentally benign design. Application of new generation conductivity enhancement additives, along with the precise engineering of porosity in electrodes, and with other optimizations, will boost system"s projected power density to values comparable to those of Lithium-ion batteries. Cell performance during Phase I shall be established in the BR2450 coin and in the cylindrical 32650 cells of new and improved interior design. Phase 1 Option will focus on prototyping of a 24VDC battery module so as to be able to conduct full scale testing in the targeted end-use devices.


Grant
Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Army | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase II | Award Amount: 732.50K | Year: 2010

American Energy Technologies Co (Glenview, IL) will partner with Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, GA) in order to demonstrate tangible enhancement in performance of primary lithium carbon monofluoride (Li/CFx) battery chemistry. The objective is to develop fully functional prototypes of significantly improved version of the Li/CFx system, demonstrate through internal experimentation, and deliver for independent testing at AMRDEC a low drain battery that would operate in a wide temperature range from at least f?"45 degrees C to +90 degrees C; have a service life of 20+ years; and meet all other specification requirements of the AMRDEC. The improvements will be achieved through innovation of battery design (at the same time using standard size cell components), and through enhancement of chemistry inside the electrochemical cells. Chemistry will be improved by application of new and modified active materials, innovative electrolyte system, next generation carbon-based conductive diluents for the cathode, Titanium current collector coating, tailor-made coatings for the glass-to-metal and plastic-to-metal seals and through other breakthrough changes in the cell-manufacturing technology. Targeted partnerships with existing vendors of electronics systems to the US Armed Forces will be pursued as way of ensuring rapid commercialization of this technology.


Grant
Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Army | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase II | Award Amount: 1.23M | Year: 2010

American Energy Technologies Co (Glenview, IL) will partner with Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, GA) in order to demonstrate tangible enhancement in performance of primary lithium carbon monofluoride (Li/CFx) battery chemistry. The objective is to develop fully functional prototypes of significantly improved version of the Li/CFx system, demonstrate through internal experimentation, and deliver for independent testing at AMRDEC a low drain battery that would operate in a wide temperature range from at least –45 degrees C to +90 degrees C; have a service life of 20+ years; and meet all other specification requirements of the AMRDEC. The improvements will be achieved through innovation of battery design (at the same time using standard size cell components), and through enhancement of chemistry inside the electrochemical cells. Chemistry will be improved by application of new and modified active materials, innovative electrolyte system, next generation carbon-based conductive diluents for the cathode, Titanium current collector coating, tailor-made coatings for the glass-to-metal and plastic-to-metal seals and through other breakthrough changes in the cell-manufacturing technology. Targeted partnerships with existing vendors of electronics systems to the US Armed Forces will be pursued as way of ensuring rapid commercialization of this technology.

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