ACT Awarded $3M in R&D Contracts

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – June 29, 2015. Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) announced today that it is continuing its rapid technology diversification through multiple R&D contract wins.  In 2014, ACT was awarded over 15 new contracts, totaling more than 3 million dollars, through government-funded Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR), Small Business Technology Transfer Program (STTR) and Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) programs.

The awards are in addition to the previously announced $4.3M wins from the Department of Energy (DOE) for dry cooling technology development.  The funding agencies included the DOE, the Department of Defense (DOD) and NASA.  These R&D contracts will develop innovative thermal management technologies and explore new areas such as corrosion-resistant coatings, combustion and advanced modeling. According to Dr. William Anderson, Chief Engineer at ACT, “In addition to our research on thermal technologies, these awards demonstrate ACT’s continuing diversification into R&D areas such as coatings, combustion and energy conservation.”   Examples of these awards are listed below. More information on ACT’s R&D activities can be found at ACT R&D.

  • Vortical-Flow Direct Contact Air Washer for Corrosion Prevention (Air Force)
  • Dry cooling (DOE, APRA-E)
  • High Accuracy, Turnkey, Minimum Hot Surface Ignition Test Apparatus (Air Force)
  • Highly Efficient, Compact Hydrogen Generator for use in Marine Diesel Engines (Special Operations Command)
  • Vapor Chamber with Phase Change Material-Based Wick Structure for Thermal Control of Manned Spacecraft (NASA)
  • Ocean Thermal Energy Harvesting System (Navy)
  • Hybrid Heat Pipes for High Heat Flux Applications (NASA)
  • An Innovative VOCs Incinerator (DOE)
  • Titanium/Water Heat Pipe Radiator for Spacecraft Fission Power (NASA)
  • Enhanced Dropwise Condensation for Improved Dry Cooling Efficiency (DOE)
  • Environmental Control Unit (Air Conditioner) with Integrated Thermal Storage (OSD)
  • Variable Conductance Heat Pipes for Advanced Stirling Radioisotope Generators (NASA)
  • Peridynamics Based Multiscale Modeling of Damage in Thick Composites (DOD)
  • Compact Heat Exchangers for Directed Energy Weapons (Navy)

This year, ACT has continued to expand its R&D into new areas such as:

  • Physics based modeling of damage in composites and corrosion phenomena in metals
  • Advanced thermal storage for Directed Energy Weapons and air conditioning
  • Combustion research for air pollution control and basic ignition research
  • Corrosion prevention including coatings and salt removal

Many of ACT’s R&D programs are in collaboration with industrial and academic partners.  Some of the academic partners in the past year included: Bucknell University, Colorado School of Mines, Drexel University, Florida Institute of Technology, Florida State University, Lehigh University, North Carolina State University, Oklahoma State University, Pennsylvania State University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, University of Missouri, Valparaiso University, Vanderbilt University, and the University of Southern California.


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