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High Efficiency Man-Portable Photovoltaic Power Manager

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2014 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
O133-EP2-2248
Solicitation Year:
2013
Solicitation Topic Code:
OSD13-EP2
Solicitation Number:
2013.3
Small Business Information
Genasun LLC
1035 Cambridge St. Suite 16B Cambridge, MA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2014
Title: High Efficiency Man-Portable Photovoltaic Power Manager
Agency: DOD
Contract: N00014-14-P-1110
Award Amount: $147,315.00
 

Abstract:

As the military collects more experience using solar energy as a man-portable power source, the strengths and weaknesses of existing technologies are becoming clear. While solar power has proven itself as a viable source of power, the existing power managers - the electronics interfacing the solar panels with batteries and other loads - have several weaknesses: excessive weight, significant self-consumption, complicated operation due to unneeded operational flexibility, and fast charge times only at the expense of poor average utilization of panel power. Accordingly, the objective of the present effort is to develop a highly optimized Genasun Power Manager for a specific ubiquitous scenario: to charge a BB-2590 lithium battery from a solar panel of approximately 20W while sharing excess solar power with additional Power Managers and simultaneously powering equipment. Additionally, the Power Manager will provide a 5V USB charging output to enhance soldier quality of life and thereby hasten system acceptance and adoption.

Principal Investigator:

Alex MeVay
CTO
(617) 369-9083
alex@genasun.com

Business Contact:

Alex MeVay
CTO
(617) 369-9083
alex@genasun.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Genasun LLC
1035 Cambridge St. Suite 16B Cambridge, MA -

EIN/Tax ID: 202520712
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No