17, July 2016

ESA Open Invitation To Tender AO8663
Open Date: 12/07/2016
Closing Date: 16/09/2016 13:00:00

Status: ISSUED
Reference Nr.: 16.1QM.13
Prog. Ref.: TRP
Budget Ref.: E/0901-01 – TRP
Tender Type: C
Price Range: 200-500 KEURO
Products: Launchers / Electronics / EEE Components / Capacitors
Technology Domains: EEE Components and Quality / EEE Component Technologies / Passive Components
Establishment: ESTEC
Directorate: Directorate of Technical & Quality Management
Department: Product Assurance and Safety Department
Division: Materials & Components Technology Division
Contract Officer: Strzelecki, Patryk Michal
Industrial Policy Measure: C1 – Activities in open competition limited to the non-Larg…
Last Update Date: 12/07/2016
Update Reason: Tender issue

Supercapacitors (also called ultracapacitors or electrochemical double layer capacitors) are suitable for high power applications (but requiring low energy). These devices are now available on terrestrial market and used in aeronautics (Airbus A380 emergency door opening), in automotive industry. Supercapacitors rely upon the capacity of the electrochemical double layer between an electrolyte and an electrode. The energy stored (5 Wh/kg) is low compared to batteries, but can offer much greater specific power up to 20 kW/kg.T he commercial interest of the supercapacitor component is placed at the crossroads between capacitors and Li-Ion batteries, with a balance between the specific energy and specific power, for various possible applications. New supercapacitor technologies, e.g. using ionic liquids instead of organic solvent, are under development. Such new supercapacitors can offer a greater specific energy (> 20 Wh/kg compared to 5 Wh/kg for organic supercapacitor) while preserving high specific power properties. Such devices are of interest for launcher applications. The currently identified markets are mostly actuator and pyrotechnic systems for launchers, and electrical propulsion. Launcher pyrotechnic functions: High power lithium cells or hybrid architecture with supercapacitors of few farads up to 10F will be needed to replace obsolete NiCd batteries for the nominal pyrotechnics lines. Developments of supercapacitors up to a few hundred farads are of prime interest for launchers as their use within a hybrid power supply could lead to a drastic gain in mass for the Electro-Mechanical Thrust Vector actuation system (EMTVAS). Combination of secondary batteries and supercapacitors are also foreseen for future launchers to replace primary batteries. The activity is envisaged with the following steps:- Survey of existing technologies and selection for intended launcher applications- Development and test of supercapacitor component- Development of adequate packaging in accordance with launcher requirements- Supercapacitor bank will be designed, manufactured and tested. Procurement Policy: C(1) = Activity restricted to non-prime contractors (incl. SMEs). For additional information please go to EMITS news “Industrial Policy measures for non-primes, SMEs and RD entities in ESA programmes”.

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