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Parallel Operation of Compact, Efficient Turbogenerators for Robust Tactical…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Office of the Secretary of Defense
Award ID:
96906
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
O102-EP1-1075
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
OSD 10-EP1
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Mechanical Solutions, Inc.
11 Apollo Drive Whippany, NJ -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Parallel Operation of Compact, Efficient Turbogenerators for Robust Tactical Energy Independence
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Contract: FA8650-11-M-2131
Award Amount: $99,998.00
 

Abstract:

MSI proposes to develop a reliable control system that will electrically combine multiple 10 to 50kW turbo-alternators to create a stable 100 to 500kW micro-grid. The military needs to easily and reliably set up compact micro-grids for a variety of power-supply applications. The emergence of commercially available turbo-alternator products in the 10-50 kW range has created an opportunity to fill this important military need. Multiple micro-turbines will be operated only when there is an electrical demand. The turbines must start quickly, and immediately and automatically connect to the AC micro-grid. The problem is that currently available control technologies do not meet the requirements for such micro-grids. A Phase I goal is to demonstrate a practical method for reliably and efficiently "mechanically paralleling" micro-turbines. An equally important problem is that commercially available turbogenerators are not necessarily designed to withstand the mechanical loads that will be imposed by rapid mechanical paralleling. Therefore, a related Phase I goal is to evaluate changes required to turbogenerators to allow micro-grid operation. A successful Phase II project will conclude with a micro-grid demonstration by MSI and its subcontractor, Fairmount Automation.

Principal Investigator:

Charles J. Prisco
Principal Engineer
9733269920
cjp@mechsol.com

Business Contact:

Karen Rizzi
General Manager
9733269920
ksr@mechsol.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Mechanical Solutions, Inc.
11 Apollo Drive Whippany, NJ 07981

EIN/Tax ID: 223476647
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No