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Fast Transient Response High Voltage Power Converter for Space Applications

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: 80NSSC19C0501
Agency Tracking Number: 193761
Amount: $124,985.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: S1
Solicitation Number: SBIR_19_P1
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-08-19
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-02-18
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
 Gregory Bower
 (570) 322-2700
Business Contact
 Cathy Bower
Phone: (570) 322-2700
Research Institution

The proposed program addresses the need for a high voltage converter capable of ultra-fast slew rates and be within a small satellite form factor.nbsp; The proposed innovation leverages a Class-E derived topology of converters by combining an RF source (inverter) and an impedance matched rectifier to produce high voltages at efficiencies greater than 95%.nbsp; These efficiencies are possible through the implementation of resonant switching in the topology.nbsp; In addition, by implementing power switching at the MHz to 10s of MHz , the size of the converter can be minimized through the requirement of needing smaller values capacitors and inductors (coreless).nbsp; The required modulator is also simplified in the Class-E design as the single power switch (GaN MOSFET technology) utilizes a ground reference source simplifying the gate driver requirements.nbsp; The modulator will also enable a means to control the output voltage to deliver a linear response to the input command.nbsp; The rectifier stage will satisfy a 25kV output isolation requirement needed by detection instruments.nbsp; The Phase I program will produce a 10kV high voltage supply with the converter implementing a scalable output rectifier such that additional rectifiers added on the output can be placed in series and boost the output voltage.nbsp; As the design matures, we intend to ensure that a path exists for all utilized components to have radiation hardened equivalents to achieve a future rad option.nbsp; At Phase I exit, we will have demonstrated a converter with rectifiers placed in series with the output to achieve the desired closed-loop regulated 10kV target.nbsp;nbsp;

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