Autonomous Power Controller for Mission Critical Microgrids

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: 80NSSC18C0219
Agency Tracking Number: 170224
Amount: $749,202.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: T3
Solicitation Number: STTR_17_P2
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-09-11
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-09-10
Small Business Information
3000 Kent Avenue, Suite C1-100, West Lafayette, IN, 47906-1075
DUNS: 161183322
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Benjamin Loop
 Director, Engineering Services
 (765) 464-8997
 loop@pcka.com
Business Contact
 Teresa Arens
Phone: (317) 410-1865
Email: tarens@pcka.com
Research Institution
 Purdue University-Main Campus
 Hovde Hall of Administration
West Lafayette, IN, 00000-0000
 Federally funded R&D center (FFRDC)
Abstract

PCKA is partnering with researchers at Purdue University to develop an Autonomous Power Controller (APC) for mission-critical microgrids to supply electric power in a highly autonomous and secure manner to accomplish mission objectives. The APC consists of a centralized controller connected to an array of local component controllers. The centralized controller will be capable of optimal generation and load scheduling, abnormal conditions and/or failure detection, and system restoration, while the local controllers monitor system components and pass sensor data to the centralized controller. The main objectives of the Phase II effort are 1) to validate and augment the controller’s capabilities and 2) to test its performance in a hardware-in-the-loop environment. The hardware development will leverage modular power electronics components designed by PCKA for other efforts. This will allow for cost-effective hardware testing of the control algorithms. Potential applications of the APC will be in deep space explorations, aeronautic flights, and special human habitats, where human supervision of the electric power systems is limited and availability of electric power is critical to mission success.

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