50- 100 Watt Wind Energy Harvesting in Light Tacti
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Radiance Technologies, a small business with extensive experience in providing solutions to the U.S. military, proposes to develop and commercialize a wind turbine system (WTS) that generates 100W at 12mph winds for mobile tactical applications. Radiance's WTS will be able to be deployed for wind power extraction or stowed to a small fraction of the deployed volume inside a rigid, vehicle mounted enclosure, in less than one minute. The WTS will be lightweight and compact, yet robust enough to withstand significant physical and environmental abuse. To optimally design the WTS, Radiance will utilize turbine rotor models based on multi-streamtube theory, innovative deploy/stow concepts, mechanical and electrical design software, multi-objective Genetic Algorithm design optimization, and state-of-the-art power electronics for achieving maximum power point tracking control in variable wind speeds. Phase I will result in a proof of concept WTS, fully tested for performance in a wind tunnel. The Phase I Option will accomplish HMMWV vehicle-mounted validation of the proof of concept. Success in Phase I will prepare Radiance for Phase II refined WTS design, prototype manufacturing, and validation of life cycle performance, and Phase III full manufacturing and commercialization of the WTS and related products to military, industrial, and retail customers.
Small Business Information at Submission:
RADIANCE TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
350 Wynn Drive Huntsville, AL 35805
Number of Employees: