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Ocean Energy Extraction for Sensor Applications

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
85171
Program Year/Program:
2008 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
N08A-021-0307
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
OMNI TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
P O Box 766 Slidell, LA 70459-0766
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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-0276
Award Amount: $69,947.00
 

Abstract:

This project researches the feasibility of creating a self-powered buoy system. The technology being investigated is a means of efficiently extracting energy from ocean wave dynamics. The mechanics of ocean waves is such that they contain significant energy in the water motion and pressure changes. If a portion of that energy could be efficiently extracted, it would easily be sufficient to power the sensor systems of various buoys of interest to both the Navy and commercial interests. The goal is to efficiently extract this energy in a robust and reliable manner without unduly affecting the sensor systems being powered or making the buoy more obtrusive than it would otherwise be. Doing this will require attention not only to the mechanical system but the ability to deploy and retrieve the buoy, the ability of the buoy to survive in the ocean environment, the capacity to operate in a wide range of different sea states and to store energy for times when the wave dynamics do not generate sufficient power to meet the requirement. The power requirement for the current system under investigation is 200 Watts averaged over deployment intervals from a few days to a few weeks.

Principal Investigator:

Francis Grosz
Electrical Engineer/Physicist
9856436444
fgrosz@otiengineering.com

Business Contact:

Sean Griffin
Vice-President
2288131800
sean@otiengineering.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

OMNI TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
P O Box 766 Slidell, LA 70459

EIN/Tax ID: 721281414
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
UNIV. OF NEW ORLEANS
NAME
2000 Lakeshore Drive
New Orleans, MA 70148
Contact: Lothar Birk
Contact Phone: (504) 280-6183
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university