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Development of a Miniature, Vibro-Mechanical Energy Harvester for Powering…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
82918
Program Year/Program:
2009 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
N073-178-0522
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
MicroStrain, Inc.
459 Hurricane Lane Suite 102 Williston, VT -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Development of a Miniature, Vibro-Mechanical Energy Harvester for Powering Wireless Sensors
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N68335-09-C-0116
Award Amount: $750,000.00
 

Abstract:

A major barrier to the widespread adoption of wireless sensors for structural health monitoring is the requirement to power the network of wireless nodes. Batteries have a limited lifespan, adding significant size, weight, and costs to the wireless sensor network,and may represent a long term environmental problem. Battery maintenance can be eliminated by harvesting energy from the environment. For many structures, strain and vibration energy are prevalent during operation, and these energies can be exploited to allow the realization of maintenance free wireless sensor networks. The design of an optimized energy harvesting system for sensing requires a comprehensive knowledge of the strain and/or vibration energies available in the operational environment. Furthermore, the sensing requirements must be well defined,including the sensor types and number of channels, their burst sample rates, duty cycles, and wireless data communications rates & range. The objective of this proposal is to miniaturize a vibro-mechanical energy harvester for the purpose of powering a dedicated wireless sensor hub. The sensor hub shall be capable of supporting a wired multidrop sensor network, including corrosion, strain, pressure, and vibration sensors.

Principal Investigator:

Steven Arms
President
8028626629
swarms@microstrain.com

Business Contact:

Sarah Lynch
President
8028626629
slynch@microstrain.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

MICROSTRAIN, INC.
459 Hurricane Lane Suite 102 Williston, VT 05495

EIN/Tax ID: 030340839
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No