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Fuel Efficient Forward Operating Base (FOB)

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Department of Defense
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Program Year/Program:
2013 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2013
Title: Fuel Efficient Forward Operating Base (FOB)
Agency: DOD
Contract: M67854-13-C-6503
Award Amount: $750,146.00


The technical approach to this project is to design and develop an improved, three-phase grid connect unit (GCU) capable of switching loads up to 100 kW. The GCUs would be used in a system architecture where they allow for groups of loads to be"gathered"under a single generator. When the overall sum of loads is low, both generators are not required to meet these loads. Traditionally, however, both generators are operated since there is no way to"couple"them. This leads to extra fuel consumption and wear-and-tear on the generators. The GCU is able to connect loads from the adjacent GCU and turn off the generator attached to that GCU. In this fashion, loads can be grouped together and migrated to be connected to a single generator which would then presumably be operating at a higher part-load ratio and therefore at a better efficiency. As the loads begin to increase again, the GCU would turn the generator back on and"split"the microgrid so that the individual generator would power the loads to which they are directly attached.

Principal Investigator:

Darrell Massie
(845) 781-0023

Business Contact:

Moira Anderson
Business Development Mana
(845) 820-2915
Small Business Information at Submission:

Intelligent Power & Energy Research Corp
PO Box 616 Fort Montgomery, NY -

EIN/Tax ID: 201423902
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No