ACT to Develop High Capacity Thermal Storage Technology for the U.S. Air Force

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – July 31, 2005 – Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) has started a Phase II project to develop high capacity thermal storage technology for directed energy systems thermal control applications.

The Air Force contract is a Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR) Phase II program, funded by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). The principal objective of this program is to develop a high capacity thermal storage technology that is capable of absorbing and storing high heat fluxes at a capacity far greater than the current state of the art phase change materials (PCM) can provide. The Phase I program was completed in March 2005 and successfully demonstrated the feasibility of the technology for thermal control of high power directed energy systems.

Dr. Chanwoo Park, a Senior Engineer of ACT, is the Principal Investigator on this Phase II program. The University of Nevada – Reno is the research partner on the program, providing critical materials packaging technology. A major U.S. defense contractor is a subcontractor on the program, in support of the integration of the thermal storage technology in a baseline directed energy system.

ACT is a developer and manufacturer of heat pipes, pumped liquid and two-phase loops, and thermal storage devices. ACT’s products and technologies have been used in temperature ranges from -150 to 1,100°C, for applications from spacecraft thermal control to catalytic reactor cooling to medical surgery temperature control. ACT currently serves customers worldwide in electronics, medical equipment, energy systems, calibration equipment, aerospace, military, and government R&D sectors.

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