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Energy Scavenging to Power Fielded Unmanned Aerial Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-19-C-0356
Agency Tracking Number: N19A-019-0165
Amount: $139,998.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N19A-T019
Solicitation Number: 19.A
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-06-03
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-12-09
Small Business Information
301 1st Street SW Suite 200
Roanoke, VA 24011
United States
DUNS: 627132913
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Dr. Kevin Farinholt Dr. Kevin Farinholt
 Principal Investigator
 (434) 220-2508
Business Contact
 Michael Pruzan
Phone: (540) 769-8430
Research Institution
 University of Michigan
 Patrick J. Woods Patrick J. Woods
3003 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
United States

 (734) 764-8566
 Nonprofit College or University

Unmanned aerial systems (UAS) provide strategic advantage for our nation’s warfighters, and the use of micro- and small-scale platforms on the battlefield is expected to increase significantly in coming years. This presents a logistical challenge in managing how system batteries are recharged throughout the UAS lifespan. The desired goal is to develop power systems that enable persistent deployment through energy scavenging techniques that 1) prolong UAS flight time, and 2) offer the ability to recharge in the field without need to return to base. Luna and partners at University of Michigan will use a new class of active material as part of a hybrid multi-input energy harvesting system to meet both design objectives. This approach will provide military the ability to fabricate UAS from materials that inherently convert energy from operational conditions and combine this with available sources identified in the local ambient environments. Luna’s team will leverage expertise in material fabrication, multimodal energy harvester designs, and efficient power conditioning and storage strategies to model, design, and develop weight conscious, robust power systems that can be scaled and adapted across multiple UAS platforms to ensure reliable and resilient operation to support the safety and effectiveness of our military personnel.

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