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Modular Power Controller for Electric Drives

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 33026
Amount: $98,534.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 1996
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
161 First Street
Cambridge, MA 02142
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Dennis Darcy
 (617) 349-0927
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Research Institution

SatCon Technology Corporation proposes to develop the next generation power controller module aimed at the integrated control and power functions desired for the Power Electronics Building Block (PEBB) which has broad goverment and commercial interest. Building on power hybrid technology advances made by SatCon during participation in Chrysler Corporation's "Patriot" Hybrid Electric Race Car Program, SatCon Proposes to reduce the integrated power controller package size by an order of magnitude by combining the power and control electronics into a single module. SatCon's efforts on the "Patriot" Program resulted in packaging densities of 20 kW per pound and 440 watts per cubic inch, which compare quite favorably to the prior stat-of-the-art which was approximately 1/4 of these levels. The proposed approach further integrates and simplifies the power and control electronics design and results in a building block amenable to a wide variety of power levels. Anticipated Military Benefits: The development of compact, modular electronic power controller drive systems provides a broad enabling technology base for a variety of military applications including electric and hybrid tactical vehicles, more-electric aircraft, and shipboard integrated power systems. Similar benefits for commercial applications within the automotive, machine tool, process and utility idustries offer the promise of the high volume production and reduced cost necessary to foster broad implementation.

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