Ocean Energy Extraction for Sensor Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-08-M-0274
Agency Tracking Number: N08A-021-0111
Amount: $69,893.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: N08-T021
Solicitation Number: 2008.A
Small Business Information
3201 Stellhorn Road, Fort Wayne, IN, 46815
DUNS: 134500193
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 William Serstad
 Principal Investigator
 (260) 312-4705
Business Contact
 George Lewis
Title: President
Phone: (260) 399-1652
Email: lewtechco@verizon.net
Research Institution
 William M Drennan
 Rosenstiel School of M & AS
4600 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, FL, 33149 1098
 (305) 421-4798
 Nonprofit college or university
Energy extraction is needed for various ocean deployed devices. Extracted energy can be expected to be at various levels and intermittent, but plentiful. The Phase I effort will recommend an extraction technique that directly converts ocean energy into electrical power. The extractor will be inherently self-starting, require no external inputs from the crew when deployed and produces enough power to provide buoy operational life for long periods. For extracting energy from the environment some of the possible inputs may be wind, wave motion, water current, solar, etc. For this program a scalable, energy extraction technique was selected that could work on various ocean deployed buoy types. The approach will use ocean modeling to determine achievable electrical power from various ocean conditions. The candidate system will trade-off representative buoy sizes from “A” size to large data buoy sizes, in both a moored and free-floating configuration, to determine the associated electrical power extraction capability. Various hardware parameters will be evaluated and modeled to optimize the power extracted during the Phase I study. The proposed approach will not be affected by corrosion, bio-fouling or mechanical degradation for long operational periods in various sea states and will have a low manufacturing cost.

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