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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.

Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Navy | Program: STTR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 70.00K | Year: 2010

American Energy Technologies Co. (Glenview, IL) will partner with the Manufacturing Research Center at Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, GA) in order to develop improved rail materials for the Naval electromagnetic railgun application. New rail matrix composites are proposed that will incorporate unique forms of carbon. When compared to existing rail materials (e.g., copper), the anticipated benefits will be reduced abrasion/wear, lighter weight, and minimal corrosion within the saline air environment. The rail surface will possess similar conductivity properties as copper with minimal rail-to-armature arcing. As a side benefit, with carbon being a natural lubricant, the proposed rail material may assist in increasing the launch velocity of an armature for the same input of energy.

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration | Branch: | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 100.00K | Year: 2011

This project is a partnership effort between American Energy Technologies Company (Illinois), Yardney Technical Products (Connecticut) and A.J. Drexel Nanotechnology Institute of Drexel University (Pennsylvania). The proposing team seeks to demonstrate tangible improvement in the performance of Lithium-Ion batteries by way of increasing their specific energy density beyond 300 Wh/kg at C/2 in the range of temperatures, at a minimum, from 60oC to 0oC. The battery will use newly developed Silicon-doped, stabilized graphitic anode; Lithiated mixed oxide cathode, in its turn, doped with nano-sized cycling stability-enhancing additives; and an innovative inherently safe electrolyte system based on ionic liquids. Special focus of the development effort shall be directed towards creation of scaleable Si-doped carbon material for the battery anode. Cell optimization effort will focus on methodic rebalancing of the classic anode to cathode ratios, by devising unique, highly efficient cathode of increased thickness in support of operation of thin anode, whose specific capacity will vary from 300 to 2,000 Ah/kg at C/2.

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.

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

In Phase II, American Energy Technologies Co. will develop and fully furnish functional prototypes of two anti-corrosion technologies with the goal to deploy them in a variety of 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. Approved for Public Release, 15-MDA-8303 (1 July 15)

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