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New Affordable Energy Storage Technologies for Power Grids and Micro-Grids

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2011 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
N11A-028-0091
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
N11A-T028
Solicitation Number:
2011.A
Small Business Information
American Maglev Technology of Florida, Inc.
109 Anderson Street Suite 101 Marietta, GA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: New Affordable Energy Storage Technologies for Power Grids and Micro-Grids
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-11-M-0349
Award Amount: $79,760.00
 

Abstract:

AMT proposes a high density energy storage Electromechanical Battery (EMB) based on a unique flywheel system. The proposed module can both receive and deliver significant amounts of energy repeatedly. The system employs a novel ac homopolar motor design which guarantees a zero magnetic and dissipative loss during the storage cycle, thus eliminating what is the greatest loss component (1%) in comparable permanent magnet based competitors. This motor seamlessly solves the requirement of voltage coupling over a high range of speeds through a field winding which resides on the stator. The monolithic rotor makes it ideally suited to high speed and robustness; thus it offers a higher power density capability over competing energy storage solutions. The 3rd greatest loss component in similar energy storage systems, the active bearing (0.07%), is also reduced (approximately 1/3) by the use of a new trapped field magnet which acts as a magnetic bearing. During Phase I of the project, AMT proposes to complete the design of the EMB, compute the axial and transverse stiffness of the HTS magnetic bearings, and complete the design of the homopolar motor. During the Option Period, the Team will build and test the ac homopolar motor. During a potential Phase II, AMT, with the help of strategic partners, Huntsman Chemical, Inc. and Ricardo Inc., will build and test a 10 KW-hr energy storage module in conjunction with this proposal. Energy storage time and round trip efficiency are two key parameters sought in the testing.

Principal Investigator:

Andrew Wissing
Senior Project Manager
(770) 845-7130
andyw@american-maglev.com

Business Contact:

Andrew Wissing
Senior Project Manager
(770) 845-7130
andyw@american-maglev.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

American Maglev Technology of Florida, Inc.
109 Anderson Street Suite 201 Marietta, GA 30060-

EIN/Tax ID: 593259683
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
University of Houston
Beam Particle Dynamics Lab
4800 Calhoun Road
Houston, TX 77204-5506
Contact: Roy Weinstein
Contact Phone: (713) 553-7715