Plug & Play Integrated Hybrid Power System for Humanoid Robot

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W56HZV-11-C-0060
Agency Tracking Number: A102-125-0510
Amount: $119,632.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: A10-125
Solicitation Number: 2010.2
Small Business Information
45 Manning Road, Billerica, MA, 01821
DUNS: 030817290
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Kurt Annen
 Principal Engineer
 (978) 663-9500
 kannen@aerodyne.com
Business Contact
 Charles Kolb
Title: President
Phone: (978) 663-9500
Email: kolb@aerodyne.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Robotic platforms, such as humanoid robots and unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) are significantly contributing to the capabilities of the U.S. Army. The BEAR humanoid robot offers exceptional capabilities for a robotic platform, but its mission duration is substantially constrained by the low volumetric energy density of rechargeable batteries. For maximum operational flexibility, the power source must be contained within the BEAR outer form and not attached externally to the back of the BEAR. This presents a challenging volumetric energy density requirement for its power source. No currently commercially available power systems can meet all of the power source requirements for the BEAR robot, including the energy density requirement. Aerodyne Research, Inc (ARI) with its teaming partner Busek Co. proposes to adapt ARI’s free-piston miniature IC engine (MICE) generator technology to the humanoid robot power source application. This technology can provide lightweight, compact power generation using JP-8 fuel that is well-suited for the challenging BEAR robot application. The power source will have hybrid capability, providing power from batteries alone, from the MICE generator alone, or from a combination of both, and will allow the batteries to be recharged while providing power to the robot during most of the mission.

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