Automatic Load Balancing Device (ALBD) for Energy Efficient Tactical Shelters

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Amount:
$99,954.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8222-11-C-0010
Agency Tracking Number:
F103-246-2711
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF103-246
Solicitation Number:
2010.3
Small Business Information
Hy-Tek Manufacturing Co. Inc.
1998 Bucktail Lane, Sugar Grove, IL, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
106924822
Principal Investigator
 Jack Audet
 Senior Electrical Engineer
 (630) 466-7664
 jaudet@hytekmfg.com
Business Contact
 John Bastian
Title: General Manager
Phone: (630) 466-7664
Email: jbastian@hytekmfg.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
ABSTRACT: The purpose of this proposal is to demonstrate the feasibility of reducing fuel consumption by efficiently providing single phase 120VAC power distribution that is automatically load balanced over existing 240VAC three phase generator produced power. This device, coined the Automatic Load Balancing Device (ALBD), will supply single phase 120VAC for distribution within Forward Operating Bases (FOB) and mitigate the majority of generator small load overcompensation. The proposed ALBD device will provide a method to spread or"balance"the single phase 120VAC load across all three phases of the generator three phase outputs equally without modification to existing generators or infrastructure. The effect of this balancing will minimize the"normal"generator reaction to increase RPM since the load is spread and the voltage drop will be divided. BENEFIT: The most obvious benefit to the development of the ALBD is the immediate reduction in FOB fuel consumption. No less important are generator maintenance issues especially related to engine wet stacking caused by no load high speed operation.

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