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MSRI is pleased to announce that Army will be providing support for the following: "A Compact and Long Life Power Source for Advanced Munitions".   MSRI proposes to demonstrate the concept of magnetic-field assisted texturing in ferrite materials.  Work will start in July 2016 (PI: Jack Chen, Ph.D.; SBIR Award) Phase I.

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Materials & Systems Research, Inc. (MSRI) is pleased to announce that it has been selected for $2.8 million in funding by Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) through the Reliable Electricity Based on ELectrochemical Systems (REBELS) program. With $33 million in funding for 13 projects, the REBELS program will develop cost-effective intermediate-temperature fuel cell technologies to improve grid stability and enable integration of renewable energy. ARPA-E invests in disruptive ideas to create America’s future energy technologies, which will enhance the U.S. economic and energy security as well as ensure the U.S. leadership in advancing energy technologies internationally.

“The projects funded through the REBELS program are an excellent example of how ARPA-E is developing innovative technology options to transform and modernize America’s evolving electric grid,” said ARPA-E Acting Director Dr. Cheryl Martin. “Distributed generation (DG) technologies like these could fundamentally change the way America generates and stores energy.” Fuel cell technologies, which convert a fuel into electricity with high efficiency and in a clean way, have not been widely adopted by markets mainly due to high capital cost and low reliability. “American fuel cell companies are trying to lower the cost of fuel cell systems, but it’s been a big challenge,” said the ARPA-E REBELS Program Director, Dr. John Lemmon. “The technologies coming out of the REBELS program will help these companies lower the cost even faster and increase the number of DG units both here and around the world.”

The Salt Lake City-based MSRI is one of those fuel cell companies striving to develop low cost fuel cell technologies. “The innovative cell design and advanced materials development will enable the transformational fuel cell technology better durability and cogeneration flexibility cost-effectively”, said Dr. Greg Tao. Dr. Tao is the Principal Investigator of this three-year $2.8 million project. MSRI’s technology targets both the distributed power generation and liquid fuel production directly from natural gas. Utah has abundant natural gas resources with the development of emerging shale gas plays in Uinta basin, potentially placing the State on the cusp of transforming the economic focus towards the new energy development. If successful, MSRI’s advanced technology could enable converting the Utah gas into marketable gasoline at a low cost. “MSRI has been fully engaged in the development of new energy technologies and supports local business development”, said the company Vice President, Dr. Anil Virkar who is also the distinguished professor of the University of Utah. Presently, MSRI has 10 employees, and half of them graduated from local universities.

MSRI was founded by Dr. Dinesh Shetty and Dr. Anil Virkar; both are professors of the Department of Materials Science & Engineering at the University of Utah. MSRI is a leader in cutting-edge research & development, which specializes in battery and fuel-cell technologies. MSRI is currently working on a $1.725M project, also funded by the U.S. Depart of Energy ARPA-E, entitled “Advanced Sodium Battery with Enhanced Safety and Low Cost Processing”. More information about MSRI can be found at www.msrihome.com.

MSRI is pleased to announce that Army will be providing support for the following: “A Compact and Long Life Power Source for Advanced Munitions". Work will start in September 2014 (PI: Joonho Koh, Ph.D.; SBIR Award) Phase I.

MSRI is pleased to announce that it has been selected for $1.7 million in funding by Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) through the SBIR Program entitled "Advanced Sodium Batteries with Enhanced Safety and Low Cost Processing. MSRI will design advanced sodium battery membranes that are stronger and cost less than existing membrane technologies. This manufacturing process will make high-strength membranes for grid-scale batteries that increase cycle life and improve safety in a single step.

MSRI is pleased to announce that NASA will be providing support for the following: “High Temperature Rechargeable Battery Development”. Work will start in January 2010 (PI: Greg Tao, Ph.D.; SBIR Award) Phase I

MSRI is pleased to announce that the Calaifornia Energy Commission will be providing support for the following: “Development of a Petcoke-fueled SOFC Power Generator for on-site Appliction”. Work will start in January 2010 (PI: Greg Tao, Ph.D.; SBIR Award) Phase I

MSRI is pleased to announce that NAVAIR (Naval Aviation) will be providing support for the following: “Thermal-Shock-Resistant Sensor Windows and Domes for High-Speed Flight Made of Low-Expansion Ceramics”. Work will start in January 2010 (PI: Niladri Dasgupta, Ph.D.; STTR Award) Phase II

MSRI is pleased to announce the delivery of a 2kW Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) stack. The stack was produced using MSRI's proprietary state-of-the-art SOFC technology and commissioned as a custom order for research and development by a customer. Physical dimensions of the stack measure 6" x 6" x 7" and initial testing before delivery was measured at 1.537 kW @ 30 amps.