Lightweight Flywheel Uniterruptible Power Supply

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 25649
Amount: $750,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1996
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
161 First Street, Cambridge, MA, 02142
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Gary M. Colello
 (617) 661-0540
Business Contact
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Research Institution
Rugged, reliable, light weight Uninterruptable Power Supplies (UPS) are needed to protect critical C4I systems from power failure in the field environment. Commercially available UPS provide this protection but are prohibitively large and heavy. SatCon Technology Corporation proposes to develop an extremely small, light-weight Flywheel Uninterruptable Power Supply (FWUPS) for this application. This FWUPS would provide a solution to irregular voltages and frequencies, spikes, sags, surges, brownouts, and even blackouts that would normally result in loss of data or system crashes. The FWUPS will consist of a composite material flywheel with an integral motor generator making up the hub of the flywheel supported on frictionless magnetic bearings. A high effeciency electric drive accelerates and decelerates the FWUPS that can store more than 15 times the energy of a comparable weight battery. At a projected maximum rotation speed of 58,000 rpm, a 29.5 pound FWUPS module provides 15 minutes of energy at an output power level of 2Kw. This assumes the FWUPS spins down from full speed to half speed during discharge. A flywheel is superior to batteries or fuel cells in three important respects: 1) life, 2) hazardous material disposal, and 3) recharge time. In Phase I a state-of-the-art FWUPS will be designed, component research will be initiated, and the FWUPS concept will be tested. The Phase II program will complete the research together with the construction and test of a prototype system.

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