Passive Cooling for Storage of Semi-Perishable Rations

Period of Performance: 10/11/2007 - 03/29/2009

$120K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Sundanzer Development, Inc.
420 E Aviation Drive Array
Tucson, AZ 85714
Principal Investigator

Abstract

Wasted rations due to food spoilage are a $50 million dollar a year problem for the Department of Defense. SunDanzer s approach to solving this problem consists of developing technology for a storage container that could reduce internal storage temperatures. Concepts to reduce heat transfer included thermal control coatings, insulation, active cooling driven by photovoltaics and phase change materials. A small scale test of several of these and other concepts were conducted at SunDanzer s Tucson facility. The most reliable and cost effective approach will be considered for selection to meet the requirement of a $3500 retrofit.