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Autonomously deployed energy harvesting system in coastal and riverine…

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Department of Defense
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2011 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Pliant Energy Systems LLC
63 Flushing Ave, Navy Yard Unit 195, Bld 280, Ste 515 Brooklyn, NY 11205-1005
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Autonomously deployed energy harvesting system in coastal and riverine environment
Agency: DOD
Contract: N00014-11-M-0259
Award Amount: $79,462.00


The Power Frond Generator utilizes unique geometry and flexible electroactive polymers to capture hydrokinetic energy via dynamic material strain. It accomplishes this without the need for bearings or exposed moving parts. The Power Frond is highly resistant to extreme events such as excessive water-flow speeds and impacting objects. It is highly resistant to fouling from debris and to corrosion. In the proposed Phase I program Pliant Energy Systems will conceive and model an integrated unit for in-stream deployment which harvests hydrokinetic energy, converts it to usable power and stores excess for use by sensors and Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs). Phase I Option will analyze the model and create a risk assessment for the anticipated build in Phase II.

Principal Investigator:

Kevin McNamara
Director of Research&En
(347) 687-4489

Business Contact:

Benjamin Filardo
(646) 327-7401
Small Business Information at Submission:

Pliant Energy Systems LLC
Brooklyn Navy Yard, 63 Flushing Avenue Unit 195 Building 280, Suite 515 Brooklyn, NY -

EIN/Tax ID: 061819668
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No