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Extreme Environment Compatible Ceramic Enhanced PEBB Devices (EE-PEBB)

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX16CC11C
Agency Tracking Number: 154895
Amount: $749,990.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: S3.03
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-04-25
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-04-24
Small Business Information
1965 Lycoming Creek Road, Suite 205
Williamsport, PA 17701-1251
United States
DUNS: 028856420
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Ross Bird
 Principal Investigator
 (570) 322-2700
Business Contact
 Cathy Bower
Title: Business Official
Phone: (570) 322-2700
Research Institution

A critical element in the NASA/NRC Technology Roadmap is to develop Power Electronic Building Block (PEBB) devices that can function in Extreme Environments. NASA?s stated aim is to use high power density/high efficiency PEBB devices to streamline design and introduce size, weight, cost and efficiency savings. The formidable challenge is to design such PEBB devices that use materials that can function in Extreme Environment conditions. The proposed high power density/high efficiency PEBB solution employs ceramics, striction materials and wide bandgap semiconductors as to meet these Extreme Environment operation challenges. This design eliminates transformer magnetics and opto-isolators (required for galvanic isolation) and eliminates external circuits and components as to provide lower complexity, enhanced performance, and much higher SWaP specifications than currently available. These ?smart? PEBBs incorporating new design and novel materials can now provide NASA design engineers with a whole new level of self-monitoring capabilities as to include voltage, current and temperature self-sensing at the device junction level. These will enable robust prognostics, power reconfiguration, and advanced control methods to be rapidly developed and tested.

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