Off-Grid Pallet Chilling for Bottled Water

Period of Performance: 10/11/2007 - 05/01/2008

$120K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Infinia Corp.
6811 West Okanogan Place
Kennewick, WA 99336
Principal Investigator

Abstract

The Natick soldier center has identified the need for maintaining soldier drinking water at a palatable temperature of less than 60°F. Individual pallets of bottled water must be kept cool near feeding and resting areas, but the cooling must be provided independent of an electrical grid. Infinia Corporation proposes a practical design concept for a Stirling pallet chiller that will produce up to 1 refrigeration ton of cooling, and sufficient electricity to run system loads such as heat rejection using JP-8 or diesel fuels. The Stirling Individual Pallet Chiller (SIPC) will operate directly on JP-8 fuel, be HMMWV (High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle) towable, and have an acoustic signature of significantly less than 40 dB at 5 meters, making it ideal for remote deployments.