Reconfigurable Electrical Power System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-04-M-0284
Agency Tracking Number: N045-023-0256
Amount: $69,851.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: N04-T023
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
1410 Sachem Place, Suite 202, Charlottesville, VA, 22901
DUNS: 120839477
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jason Burkholder
 Research Scientist
 (434) 973-1215
 burkholder@barron-associates.com
Business Contact
 David Ward
Title: President
Phone: (434) 973-1215
Email: barron@barron-associates.com
Research Institution
 University of South Carolina
 Patricia Hatcher
 Byrnes International Building, 5th Floor, 901 Sumter Street
Columbia, SC, 29208
 (803) 777-7093
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Under this STTR Phase I program, we propose to develop and demonstrate dual-use Reconfigurable Electrical Power System (REPS) technology that will provide the intelligence and capability to automatically and dynamically reconfigure naval and commercial marine shipboard power systems (SPSs) while maintaining uninterrupted power to vital and sensitive loads. The proposed approach includes an intelligent control algorithm that optimizes the electrical system configuration with respect to specified system constraints. The Phase I effort will exploit recent work by Barron Associates that demonstrated an approach for the fast protection of shipboard electrical power systems based on a novel high-speed relay (HSR) algorithm. The HSR algorithm and REPS will work together to ensure that continuous quality power is maintained automatically to all vital and sensitive shipboard loads, thereby reducing manning and minimizing the ship's operating costs. The proposing team includes Barron Associates, a company with the proven ability to deliver high-quality algorithms, software, and hardware; the University of South Carolina, which has a sophisticated virtual test bed capability for simulating shipboard power systems; and Power Paragon, a manufacturer of SPS equipment for both military and commercial customers, which will enable rapid transition of the REPS technology into the fleet.

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