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Ocean Energy Extraction for Sensor Applications

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
85169
Program Year/Program:
2008 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
N08A-021-0111
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
LewTech Company, Inc.
7112 Nighthawk Drive Fort Wayne, IN 46835-9395
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Ocean Energy Extraction for Sensor Applications
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-08-M-0274
Award Amount: $69,893.00
 

Abstract:

Energy extraction is needed for various ocean deployed devices. Extracted energy can be expected to be at various levels and intermittent, but plentiful. The Phase I effort will recommend an extraction technique that directly converts ocean energy into electrical power. The extractor will be inherently self-starting, require no external inputs from the crew when deployed and produces enough power to provide buoy operational life for long periods. For extracting energy from the environment some of the possible inputs may be wind, wave motion, water current, solar, etc. For this program a scalable, energy extraction technique was selected that could work on various ocean deployed buoy types. The approach will use ocean modeling to determine achievable electrical power from various ocean conditions. The candidate system will trade-off representative buoy sizes from "A" size to large data buoy sizes, in both a moored and free-floating configuration, to determine the associated electrical power extraction capability. Various hardware parameters will be evaluated and modeled to optimize the power extracted during the Phase I study. The proposed approach will not be affected by corrosion, bio-fouling or mechanical degradation for long operational periods in various sea states and will have a low manufacturing cost.

Principal Investigator:

William Serstad
Principal Investigator
2603124705
bill.serstad@verizon.net

Business Contact:

George S. Lewis
President
2603991652
lewtechco@verizon.net
Small Business Information at Submission:

LEWTECH CO., INC.
3201 Stellhorn Road Fort Wayne, IN 46815

EIN/Tax ID: 470923713
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
UNIV. OF MIAMI
Rosenstiel School of M & AS
4600 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, FL 33149 1098
Contact: William M. Drennan
Contact Phone: (305) 421-4798
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university