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A Retrofittable Fuel Usage Monitor and Economizer

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Office of the Secretary of Defense
Award ID:
86083
Program Year/Program:
2008 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
O071-E10-4033
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Barron Associates, Inc.
1410 Sachem Place Suite 202 Charlottesville, VA 22901-2496
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: A Retrofittable Fuel Usage Monitor and Economizer
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Contract: W56HZV-08-C-0280
Award Amount: $99,698.00
 

Abstract:

Vehicle fuel efficiency is a complex function of many variables, including vehicle condition, vehicle loading, engine condition, terrain, fuel type, and driving style. High fuel costs increase the need to optimize fuel efficiency with respect to as many variables as possible. An affordable, retrofittable intelligent vehicle performance and fuel economy maximization system would have widespread application to military and commercial vehicles. Barron Associates, Inc. and Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) propose to develop the Fuel Usage Monitor and Economizer (FUME) - an intelligent, open architecture vehicle performance monitoring and fuel efficiency optimization system. FUME will feature two primary components: (1) vehicle and engine health monitoring and (2) real-time operational guidance to maximize fuel efficiency given the current operating conditions. The vehicle and engine health monitoring component of FUME will build upon an ongoing, related research collaboration between Barron Associates and SwRI. The real-time fuel efficiency optimization component of FUME will combine Barron Associates' online system identification algorithms with fuel property classification technology developed by SwRI. The FUME core intelligent agent will be hardware independent; therefore, the specific instrumentation suite, computing hardware, and user interface may be designed for each unique vehicle class based on space, weight, and budget constraints.

Principal Investigator:

Jason O. Burkholder
Senior Research Scientist
4349731215
burkholder@bainet.com

Business Contact:

Connie R. Hoover
General Manager
4349731215
barron@bainet.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

BARRON ASSOC., INC.
1410 Sachem Place Suite 202 Charlottesville, VA 22901

EIN/Tax ID: 541243694
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No