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Energy Harvesting Wireless Strain Networks

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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2012 / STTR
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Small Business Information
Prime Photonics, LC
1116 South Main Street, Ste 200 Blacksburg, VA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Energy Harvesting Wireless Strain Networks
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX12CG05P
Award Amount: $124,968.00


Prime Research LC (PPLC) and Virginia Tech (VT) propose to develop an energy harvesting wireless strain node technology that utilizes single-crystal piezoelectric fiber-based energy harvesting, highly sensitive and low power piezoresistive strain gages, and ultra wide-band (UWB) ultra low power radio communication. Single crystal piezoelectric fibers promise to improve piezoelectric harvesting power density by a factor of 4?5?while the ultra wide-band radio (UWB) and piezoresistive strain gages promise to lower power requirements by almost 100x. The proposed Phase I work will demonstrate the technologies critical to successful commercialization of a low cost, mass producible, postage stamp sized wireless strain node. A key result of the Phase I effort will be demonstration of the proposed harvesting and sensing technologies. Demonstration of these two items will remove the most significant hurdles to a successful commercial product. Phase I will provide the data necessary to perform an integrated system design in the Phase I Option and during Phase II, PPLC and VT will fabricate the integrated device for use in field trials.

Principal Investigator:

John Coggin
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Steve Poland
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Prime Photonics, LC
1116 South Main Street, Suite 200 Blacksburg, VA 24060-5548

EIN/Tax ID: 300026283
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Virginia Tech
304A Holden Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061-0002
Contact: Priya Shashank