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Rapidly Deployable Vertical-Axis Hydraulic Turbine

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Department of Defense
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Program Year/Program:
2012 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Physical Optics Corporation
Electro-Optics Systems Division 1845 West 205th Street Torrance, CA 90501-1510
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Rapidly Deployable Vertical-Axis Hydraulic Turbine
Agency: DOD
Contract: N00014-11-M-0447
Award Amount: $79,961.00


To address the Navy"s need for a person-portable microhydropower system to provide power in support of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations, as well as forward operating bases, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a new RApidly Deployable Vertical-Axis Hydraulic Turbine (RAD-VAHT). This proposed device is based on a new design that utilizes POC-developed tested components and COTS components, as well as a new collapsible low-weight and -volume turbine design. The innovation in turbine design will enable the RAD-VAHT system to provide>500 Watts of continuous power, as well as 10 kilowatts for 60 seconds and 2 kilowatts for 2 hours, from water sources. As a result, this complete power harvesting system offers efficient power generation, light weight (

Principal Investigator:

Pedram Boghrat
Research Scientist
(310) 320-3088

Business Contact:

Gordon Drew
Chief Financial Officer
(310) 320-3088
Small Business Information at Submission:

Physical Optics Corporation
Photonic Systems Division 20600 Gramercy Place, Bldg. 100 Torrance, CA -

EIN/Tax ID: 330118051
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No