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High Power Density Electric Motors for Hybrid Electric Air Platforms

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Award ID:
91714
Program Year/Program:
2009 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
08SB2-0293
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
SATCON APPLIED TECHNOLOGY, INC.
1745A West Nursery Rd MS4018 Li, MD -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: High Power Density Electric Motors for Hybrid Electric Air Platforms
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Contract: W31P4Q-09-C-0468
Award Amount: $98,974.00
 

Abstract:

Fuel Cell and hybrid electric propulsion offers increased architectural flexibility to air vehicles. The power plant of choice for helicopters is a gas turbine engine due to its high power density. However, the large transmission can weigh more than the engine. A motor-generator pair can eliminate high maintenance components in the drive train yielding reduced operation and support costs comparable to fixed wing aircraft. A hybrid electric drive would also allow the use of a larger number of smaller redundant rotors or electric driven ducted fans, reducing vulnerability and enabling NOTR configurations. High power density electric motors for an all electric vertical takeoff and landing uninhabited air vehicles is also desirable Electric motors with power densities > 5 HP/lb enable vertical takeoff and landing aero vehicles with a multitude of commercial, surveillance and military applications. SatCon will show that our innovative approach in the design of the motor exceeds program goals (7 HP at 8,400 RPM, >5HP/lb, and >95%efficiency) leading to prototype fabrication and test in follow a phase.

Principal Investigator:

Gerald Foshage
Engineer
6178972439
jerry.foshage@satcon.com

Business Contact:

Dennis Mahoney
Dir. Business Development
6178972448
dennis.mahoney@satcon.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

SATCON APPLIED TECHNOLOGY, INC.
27 Drydock Avenue Boston, MA 02210

EIN/Tax ID: 043649652
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No