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Hydro-Piezoelectricity: A New Approach to Self Powered, Remote Data…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Award ID:
31791
Program Year/Program:
1996 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
31791
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Ocean Power Technologies, Inc.
1590 Reed Road Pennington, NJ -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1996
Title: Hydro-Piezoelectricity: A New Approach to Self Powered, Remote Data Acquisition Systems
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $98,654.00
 

Abstract:

The solicitation addresses the need for an electrical generator to be used for continuously supplying power to a rechargeable battery or capacitor which powers a remote data acquisition system completer with an RF data link for data telemetry. Further, for compelling reasons, it is desired that the recharge energy be acquired locally from the environment, i.e. either surface wave energy or water currents. The proposed solution utilizes the concept of Hydropiezoelectricity whereby thin plastic sheets of piezoelectric material (PVDF) are employed to directly convert the large available mechanical energy to electrical power for recharging the storage device. The proposed Phase I effort consists of analysis and simulation tasks designed to determine both the technical and economic feasibility of the approach in typical shallow and deep ocean environments. A laboratory demonstration of the approach will be provided using power generation modules that are being developed by OPT as part of its efforts to exploit the technology commercially as a source of primary energy.

Principal Investigator:

George Taylor
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Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Ocean Power Technologies, Inc.
1590 Reed Road West Trenton, NJ 08628

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