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Unmanned Aerial System with Infinite Energy Scavenging

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-20-C-0570
Agency Tracking Number: N19A-019-0064
Amount: $1,000,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N19A-T019
Solicitation Number: 19.A
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-07-20
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2022-07-29
Small Business Information
158 Wheatland Drive
Pembroke, VA 24136-1111
United States
DUNS: 008963758
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Richard Claus
 (540) 626-6266
Business Contact
 Melissa Campbell
Phone: (540) 626-6266
Research Institution
 Penn State University
 Shashank Priya
248 Deike Building
University Park, PA 16802-5010
United States

 (814) 865-7650
 Nonprofit College or University

The objective of this Navy Phase II STTR program is to design, develop and manufacture energy scavenging modules for “small unit power” architecture. The energy scavenging modules (ESMs) developed in this program will be able to capture the magnetic fields surrounding electrical power lines and electrical equipment and convert their energy into electricity. The ESMs will be designed to have the ability to trickle-charge the batteries of electrically-powered drones. The primary goal of the Phase II program is to demonstrate the performance of the ESMs on generic unclassified UAV platforms in collaboration with ONR and with three major U.S. aerospace and defense companies. All three companies have indicated the willingness to be involved in this program, as evidenced in attached letters of support, and a desire to transition developed technology to their own applications for the DoD.   The objective of the Phase II Base program is to develop ESM specifications for the recharging of batteries identified during the Phase I Option. Further, the design of graded magnetostrictive composites will be conducted to identify optimal material dimensions and fabrication approaches. Phase II tasks will include developing the ESM mechanical and electronic designs through systematic finite element modeling and analytical modeling, analyzing the mechanical components required to meet the combined weight and power generation performance criteria, designing and fabricating electronic printed circuit boards for the efficient charging of the drone batteries, procuring and purchasing components for the packaging of the scavenger systems, integration of the systems with drone platforms, the assembly and testing of ESMs, and demonstrations of ESM performance in the laboratory and in the field with local organizations, major aerospace and defense contractors, and other ONR-specified groups.  The objectives of the Phase II Option program are to improve the energy scavenging modules to increase the power produced and to demonstrate integration and field performance on additional DoD platforms.  This would be completed in cooperation with ONR-directed groups.

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