QynCap Energy Storage Device for Airborne Directed Energy Weapons
Navy SBIR FY2008.2


Sol No.: Navy SBIR FY2008.2
Topic No.: N08-130
Topic Title: QynCap Energy Storage Device for Airborne Directed Energy Weapons
Proposal No.: N082-130-0323
Firm: Qynergy Corporation
3800 Osuna Road NE
Suite 2
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87109
Contact: Chris Eiting
Phone: (505) 314-1425
Web Site: http://www.qynergy.com/
Abstract: Qynergy proposes to design/build an innovative asymmetric ultracapacitor (QynCap) to provide energy storage for Navy aircraft pulse power applications. These devices will improve the Warfighting ability of fighter aircraft by enabling the use of laser-based weapon systems. The QynCap will contain a nickel oxy-hydroxide cathode and a high surface area carbon anode immersed in an aqueous electrolyte. The use of a battery electrode (nickel oxy-hydroxide) allows for a higher capacitance per weight and volume than traditional ultracapacitors. Ultracapacitors in general and QynCaps specifically are known for their high power density, high cycle life (ability to charge and discharge many times) and fast recharge time. For this application, the QynCap is superior to lithium-ion batteries for a variety of reasons. The QynCap operates well over a wide temperature range (-40C to +71C), utilizes environmentally friendly substances (i.e. nickel, carbon, KOH) versus dangerous Li+ ion compounds, is not subject to thermal runaway if overcharged and does not require thermal management. Because the QynCap is an ultracapacitor, it can be charged and discharged over 100,000 times and be properly sized to provide the power required.
Benefits: There are a several near-term customers and markets for this QynCap technology. The first is the US military aircraft market. There are numerous tactical & strategic US military aircraft that could benefit from a high pulse power electrical storage device to power a solid-state HEL system. While it is not envisioned that these HEL systems will be used as stand-alone weapons, they will provide significant increase in combat capability. The second market for this technology is for military vehicle engine starting. The 24V NATO 6T QynCap will be superior to lead-acid batteries for vehicle engine starting. The Department of Defense (DoD) is currently shipping 100,000 6T, 12V lead-acid batteries per year to the Iraq and Afghanistan areas of operations. Not only will the 24V NATO 6T QynCap significantly reduce the overall logistic footprint required to purchase, ship and maintain a stockpile of vehicle batteries, but the disposal costs associated with this waste stream will also be significantly reduced.

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