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A Novel Power Chip for Opportunistic Energy Harvesting on Submarines

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
98218
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
N093-190-0215
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
NAVY 09-190
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
CFD Research Corporation
215 Wynn Dr., 5th Floor Huntsville, AL 35805-
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: A Novel Power Chip for Opportunistic Energy Harvesting on Submarines
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N65538-10-M-0067
Award Amount: $69,922.00
 

Abstract:

Our objective is to develop a novel, MEMS-based, durable power harvesting chip that is capable of gathering, converting and storing multiple natural energy sources, including optical and thermal radiation, microwave and millimeter electromagnetic waves, and vibrations, into usable electrical energy capable of operating low power electronic devices, especially wireless sensor systems on a submarine. This solution offers several advantages over the existing methodologies of electromagnetic energy harvesting, including: multiple energy sources, operational in various environments, higher energy conversion, easy rectification, high power output to volume ratio, and compatibility with standard microfabrication techniques. In Phase I, we will focus on analysis, design and testing the components of the power chip and experimental validation of the feasibility to harvest ambient energies adaptable to a wireless sensor solution in the laboratory. In addition, we will evaluate reliability and operational protocol for the proposed power chip. In Phase II, we will optimize and fabricate the device developed in Phase I, followed by a demonstration of energy harvesting in a representative environment using a scaled prototype. The power device will be integrated with an energy storage system that is suitable for sensor operation. Finally we will demonstrate performance against established parameters in a representative environment.

Principal Investigator:

Jianjun Wei
Senior Scientist
2563270672
tsb@cfdrc.com

Business Contact:

Deb Phipps
Senior Contracts Speciali
2567264884
dap@cfdrc.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

CFD Research Corporation
215 Wynn Dr., 5th Floor Huntsville, AL 35805

EIN/Tax ID: 630944385
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No