NASA Aerospace Market: The express purpose of the Phase I development nearing completion and our vision for Phase II development activities is to finalize the design and production of high performance capacitors working under extreme environment for aerospace exploration that will ultimately aid the NASA Mission in the following functional areas. 1. High voltage, radiation hardened, high temperature power passive components and energy storage device. 2. High power density/high efficiency power electronics and associated drivers for switching elements. 3. NASA systems ion thruster propulsion power supply as well as energy storage device. 4. NASA solar power system backups 5. Seeker, detection systems and other remote anti-personnel 6. Vehicle power assists This advanced nanocomposite capacitors can be widely used in advanced power electronic and energy storage devices required by NASA for aerospace exploration, such as Titan missions, Lunar Quest, Advance aeronautic equipment and so on. The proposed nanocomposite capacitors can work at various operating temperature and voltage with high energy and power density where tradition power and energy storage device cannot be applied in. The high energy density capacitor will also make miniaturization of NASA power management systems and make the launch more efficiency.
For the secondary military application, Powdermet's capacitor has wide applications in the fuzing system and pulse power devices, such as rail gun, laser, high power microwaves, electric vehicles and electromagnetic armor. The Air Force specifically has applications for high temperature capacitors to extend the temperature range of power electronics equipment. For other industry applications, consumer electronics and wind turbines make up the other significant opportunities. There is an urgent need for new energy storage materials capable of absorbing and delivering large amounts of energy in short periods of time for pulse-power devices. The high energy density capacitors also have huge potential in defibrillators and X-ray generators, energy conversion in photovoltaics and integrated circuits. Downhole power electronics in oil and gas industry need to work at high temperatures.