Precision Combustion, Inc. Awarded The 2010 Army SBIR Achievement Award For Developing A Compact JP8 Burner For Military Stirling Engines

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NORTH HAVEN, CT (May 2010) -- Precision Combustion, Inc. (PCI) announced today that it has been awarded the 2010 Army Small Business Innovation Research Achievement Award for its performance under an SBIR Phase II project developing a compact JP8 burner for military Stirling engines. This highly competitive Award recognizes outstanding achievement in the Phase II efforts of small businesses that have exemplified the SBIR goals of bringing innovative technologies and products to the marketplace. Award winners are selected based upon four criteria: originality and innovation of research, relevance of the research to the Army mission, immediate commercialization potential of the research, and overall quality performance of the project. Each award is presented to the SBIR company and also to the Army’s sponsoring organization's Technical Director, SBIR Coordinator, and contract Technical Monitor.

PCI’s winning project was one of eleven selected by the Army, out of 471 eligible Phase II projects. The ceremony was hosted on May 24 at the Pentagon Conference Center by the Honorable Dr. Thomas Killion, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Research and Technology.

Electricity runs the advanced technical systems and processes that support Army tactical operations. Readily available electric power on the mobile battlefield is essential to mission performance, as is the need for lightweight quiet power generating systems in the 100 We to 2 kWe range that are efficient across wide turndown ranges and can be fueled by available logistics fuels. Using logistics fuels such as sulfur-containing JP-8 is especially challenging.

Precision Combustion, supported by the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center, developed a novel, compact, high efficiency catalytic JP-8 burner with balance of plant components and controls for a 160 We Stirling engine-based power generator. The system was hybridized with a BB 2590 rechargeable battery, and also acted as a battery charger. Working with a system integrator, efficient JP-8 to electricity conversion was demonstrated with a dry system weight of 12.5 kg and silent watch capability. The cataltyic burner design is modular, adaptable to other fuels, and readily scalable to a range of higher kWe generator applications. This is a remarkable improvement over conventional approaches and broadens the potential use of Stirling and other small generator systems.

The technology offers broad applicability across the Department of Defense, including robotics and portable gensets. Commercial applications include small portable fuel flexible generators.

The Army is the only federal agency to host an awards program recognizing top small businesses that represent the best in research and development (R&D). The Army SBIR Achievement Awards Program is sponsored by the DASA(R&T) and is executed by the Army SBIR Program Management Office (PMO).

PCI President Kevin Burns commented,

"We are honored to receive this recognition, and I’m proud of our team for the win. The award highlights the excellent work done by our engineers, as well as the opportunity the technology provides the Army and other organizations for Watt-scale and kilowatt-scale silent and efficient Stirling generators operating on available military logistics fuel. Improved lightweight power sources at the kilowatt and lower scale will increase our warfighters’ capabilities and safety, and also offer commercial spin-off opportunities."

"We’re grateful to the Army SBIR program for giving us this chance to perform, and we want to especially thank the Army R&D personnel who took a chance on this novel technology and who worked so well with us during the program. We’re already involved in substantial follow-on work with the Army and now also with the Navy. The technology is adaptable for a range of applications, and is a good example of Army SBIR success and of inter-service cooperation for technology development within the military."

This is the second occasion PCI has received an Army SBIR Achievement Award. The first award came in 2008 for a different SBIR Phase II project, developing a JP8-fueled reformer for fuel cells for the Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center. The reformer is now in advanced applications development for military and commercial fuel cell systems. The Army made ten 2008 Achievement awards, out of a pool of 755 eligible Phase II projects.

Precision Combustion, Inc. ( is a clean energy technology company developing and manufacturing catalytic devices and systems for energy sector applications. To learn more, visit

The U.S. Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program seeks to stimulate technological innovation through competitive solicitations targeted to solve government agency objectives. Approximately one in eight Phase I proposals are funded for proof-of-concept R&D, with 40%-45% of those advancing to a Phase II for sustained development. Winners keep the rights to technology developed and are encouraged to commercialize the technology.

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