Power Supply for Remote and Unattended Electrical Loads

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2006-33610-16784
Agency Tracking Number: 2006-00365
Amount: $79,162.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 2006
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
60 E. Hazelwood Drive, Champaign, IL, 61820
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Brian Kuhn
 Senior Engineer
 (217) 344-6044
Business Contact
 Patrick Chapman
Phone: (217) 649-8911
Email: p.chapman@smartsparkenergy.com
Research Institution
Conventional methods of providing power require expensive pole-drop utility connections, high replacement cost of battery-backup systems, other regular maintenance, or inordinate size and substandard reliability. The proposed device uses an optimized combination of battery and solar power, which when coupled with sophisticated power electronics circuits, is capable of supplying 50 W-hr/day of electricity, continuously, unattended for at least four years. This will improve substantially on conventional, non-electronic, high-maintenance solar-battery systems. It will also be far less expensive and more energetic that devices based on double-layer capacitors.

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