TUCSON, (AZ) (July 12, 2017) – Paragon Space Development Corporation® (Paragon), headquartered in Tucson, has received a contract from US Department of Defense (DoD) to provide our military with a robust battery cooling solution. Paragon’s technology, called a Buswork Integrated Cooling System (BICS) cools the battery from the inside out. This solution will be developed with K2 Energy Solutions, Inc. (K2), a developer and manufacturer of high performance energy storage systems, headquartered in Henderson, NV.
The Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) award from the Naval Sea Systems Command began in this spring and will extend, including two options, to the 1st quarter of 2020.
The solution will provide integrated battery module cooling through a unique Paragon busbar design which directly cools electrical conductors via electrically isolated low profile liquid cooling layers. This solution yields high thermal effectiveness by harnessing the axial heat transport capacity of the battery cell materials along the internal current collectors. The technology has the flexibility to meet a wide range of demanding thermal performance requirements for application in the Navy’s range of high performance energy storage and power system needs. The Navy’s needs are expected to scale exponentially with increasing power demand and energy densities as the Navy adopts electric propulsion and weaponry advances. The scalability of Paragon’s BICS architecture provides an answer to increased electrical power demand well into the future. For flexibility in meeting these future needs, this technology implements Paragon’s hybrid manufacturing process. This process leverages rapid prototyping for quick production of functional hardware that is, once the geometric, structural, and thermal performance is verified in the target application, translated directly to a high volume manufacturing environment.
“The patent pending technology we’ve developed, first through our internal funds and then through this SBIR, is meeting the emerging needs for Navy power system and power systems for other military and civilian system, said Grant Anderson, Paragon President & CEO. “We’re already getting other customers asking us to accelerate and adapt the solution to their systems.” The technology, the company points out, is inherently flexible to almost any geometry.