NASA SBIR 2012 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 12-2 S3.04-9472
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Power Electronics and Management, and Energy Storage
PROPOSAL TITLE: Striction-based Power Monitoring in Space Environment

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
QorTek, Inc.
1965 Lycoming Creek Road, Suite 205
Williamsport, PA 17701 - 1251
(570) 322-2700

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Gareth J Knowles
1965 Lycoming Creek Road, Suite 205
Williamsport, PA 17701 - 1251
(570) 322-2700 Extension :14

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
cathy bower
1965 Lycoming Creek Road, Suite 205
Williamsport, PA 17701 - 1251
(570) 322-2700 Extension :13

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 4
End: 5

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Power Electronics and Management, and Energy Storage 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 program delivers a completely new technology solution to isolation and sensing of power flow (current and voltage). Based on striction materials technology, these small isolation and sensing devices replace Opto-isolation, Hall-effect and Magnetic Transformer isolation and sensing with a lower cost and lower risk solution. The elimination of optical, processor and magnetic components in the design means that these devices are inherently both rad hard and EMI immune. The technology provides superior voltage isolation (ground loop elimination) in a smaller package size. They also will be capable of reliably operating over significantly wider temperature ranges (-55C to 200C) than is readily available to most NASA missions.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Power flow monitoring is pervasive and essential across all NASA platforms and subsystems, but the highest pay-off of the new technology innovation will be to NASA missions that need to operate in harsh exposure missions requiring extreme temperature (extreme cold or extreme hot) and radiation tolerance. Addressing first three specifically identified goals on the NASA rad-hard electronics target list the technology promises to have high impact to unmanned missions and robotic systems with large potential impact for Heliophysics, Mars, and Earth Sciences missions, and possible Jupiter and Venus exploratory missions all of which require all of their on-board electronics and sensor equipment to operate under increasingly tough conditions. NASA specific needs especially unheated electronics and future science payload development initiatives for which this technology could be applied including: Deep Space; Jupiter Europa Orbiter (JEO) flagship; Venus surface exploration; and exploration of the dark lunar polar craters. There is also interest now in application of the technology to both SmallSats and to Solar Arrays. (Where the ASIC version of the new voltage sensors can identify failed or failing subpanels and "delete" them from the array as to maintain overall energy conversion performance levels.)

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
 High-Pressure and High-Temperature (HPHT) Oil & Gas wells start at 150?C. Risks intensify as borehole pressures and temperatures rise; nevertheless, the number of HPHT wells is increasing in many areas of the world. Such wells essentially use high-temperature sensing capability. The small size and high temperature withstand of analog ceramic sensors will make them ideal for such applications with potential to eliminate very expensive dewar packaging.
 Motor vehicles generates high speed, high voltage transients throughout their electrical system. Optocouplers have been the high voltage isolator component of choice by the automotive manufacturers for years. However, opto-isolators are an expensive solution that requires digital conversion causing bit loss issues and operation issues over wider thermal range. The analog-ceramic voltage sensor offers an attractive low cost replacement that is more reliable (non digitized) and will in as small a package as existing high temperature opto-isolator devices.

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.)
Actuators & Motors
Autonomous Control (see also Control & Monitoring)
Circuits (including ICs; for specific applications, see e.g., Communications, Networking & Signal Transport; Control & Monitoring, Sensors)
Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Propulsion
Manufacturing Methods
Robotics (see also Control & Monitoring; Sensors)
Spacecraft Design, Construction, Testing, & Performance (see also Engineering; Testing & Evaluation)
Spacecraft Main Engine

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