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Energy Scavenging Ankle Component for Self-Charging Batteries on Prosthetic…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
77859
Program Year/Program:
2006 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
A064-031-0361
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
KCF Technologies, Inc
336 South Fraser Street State College, PA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Energy Scavenging Ankle Component for Self-Charging Batteries on Prosthetic Limbs
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W81XWH-06-C-0387
Award Amount: $99,935.00
 

Abstract:

KCF Technologies will develop an energy scavenging device as a component in the ankle of a lower extremity prosthetic limb. The component will be designed and demonstrated on a C-Leg, in collaboration with Otto Bock USA. The component will capture and store energy during normal activities such as walking and running. The captured energy will automatically recharge the batteries of the C-Leg. This energy will greatly extend the operational time of a battery charge, or eliminate the need for battery charge altogether. In Phase I, KCF will model, develop, fabricate and test a prototype energy harvesting ankle component in laboratory demonstrations. We will collaborate with our partners at Penn State University to model the dynamic forces at the ankle joint during walking and running, and use this information to optimize the component design and placement. In Phase II, KCF will demonstrate an energy-scavenging component in-use on an Otto Bock C-Leg.

Principal Investigator:

Richard Geiger
8148674097
rtg114@yahoo.com

Business Contact:

Jeremy Frank
President
8148674097
jfrank@kcftech.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

KCF TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
112 W. Foster Ave State College, PA 16801

EIN/Tax ID: 251879000
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
PENN STATE UNIV.
0029 RECREATION BLDG
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA 16802
Contact: Steven Piazza
Contact Phone: (814) 863-4755
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university