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Energy Efficient Tactical Shelters

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Department of Defense
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Program Year/Program:
2011 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Mainstream Engineering Corporation
200 Yellow Place Pines Industrial Center Rockledge, FL -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Energy Efficient Tactical Shelters
Agency: DOD
Contract: FA8222-11-C-0011
Award Amount: $98,611.00


ABSTRACT: This proposal outlines potential systems for efficiently distributing power to tactical shelters. One system, automatic load balancing, consists of a system of microcontroller controlled semiconductor switches and power sensors. The loads are transferred automatically to ensure phase balance. The alternative system, active power distribution, consists of high power, high frequency, high power density, converters, three phase and single phase inverters, and rectifiers which are constructed so that they have form, fit, and function compatibility with the existing power distribution systems. In the active power distribution system, the single phase power is isolated electronically from the three phase power and no imbalance due to single phase loading occurs. Computer models of each system are to be constructed and tested using typical and worst case load scenarios. From these data results an optimum power distribution which saves fuel and costs, will be selected, providing a starting point for the Phase II development of a prototype, scalable, 5kW system. BENEFIT: The development an efficient power distribution system provides benefits in terms of efficiency of power transmission from generator to loads. Increased efficiency in power transmission will result in reduced fuel consumption of generators.

Principal Investigator:

Charles D. Sampson
Sr. Electrical Engineer
(321) 631-3550

Business Contact:

Michael Rizzo
Chief Financial Officer
(321) 631-3550
Small Business Information at Submission:

Mainstream Engineering Corporation
200 Yellow Place Pines Industrial Center Rockledge, FL -

EIN/Tax ID: 592744408
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No