Energy Efficient Tactical Shelters

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8222-11-C-0011
Agency Tracking Number: F103-246-2089
Amount: $98,611.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solitcitation Year: 2010
Solitcitation Topic Code: AF103-246
Solitcitation Number: 2010.3
Small Business Information
Mainstream Engineering Corporation
200 Yellow Place, Pines Industrial Center, Rockledge, FL, -
Duns: 175302579
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Charles Sampson
 Sr. Electrical Engineer
 (321) 631-3550
Business Contact
 Michael Rizzo
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (321) 631-3550
Research Institution
ABSTRACT: This proposal outlines potential systems for efficiently distributing power to tactical shelters. One system, automatic load balancing, consists of a system of microcontroller controlled semiconductor switches and power sensors. The loads are transferred automatically to ensure phase balance. The alternative system, active power distribution, consists of high power, high frequency, high power density, converters, three phase and single phase inverters, and rectifiers which are constructed so that they have form, fit, and function compatibility with the existing power distribution systems. In the active power distribution system, the single phase power is isolated electronically from the three phase power and no imbalance due to single phase loading occurs. Computer models of each system are to be constructed and tested using typical and worst case load scenarios. From these data results an optimum power distribution which saves fuel and costs, will be selected, providing a starting point for the Phase II development of a prototype, scalable, 5kW system. BENEFIT: The development an efficient power distribution system provides benefits in terms of efficiency of power transmission from generator to loads. Increased efficiency in power transmission will result in reduced fuel consumption of generators.

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