Rapidly Deployable Trailer Mounted Airborne Wind Energy System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: M67854-11-C-6523
Agency Tracking Number: N103-194-0118
Amount: $69,746.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solitcitation Year: 2010
Solitcitation Topic Code: N103-194
Solitcitation Number: 2010.3
Small Business Information
39 School Street, Andover, MA, -
Duns: 825872968
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Matthew Bennett
 Controls Engineer
 (919) 619-7780
Business Contact
 Shae Ranalli
Title: VP, Business Development
Phone: (978) 726-7954
Email: Shae@Windlift.com
Research Institution
In this SBIR, Windlift proposes to develop a rapidly-deployable renewable energy system that can be towed by an HMMWV and provides at least three quarters of a forward operating unit"s energy needs in Class 2 wind areas. This development will be based on Windlift"s Airborne Wind Energy (AWE) technology, which has been previously demonstrated. The AWE technology utilizes a flexible airfoil tethered to a mobile base station to harness power from the wind. The technology in its current state requires an operator to control the flight of the airfoil using a fly-by-wire interface. One of the key technical innovations of this SBIR will be the development of an automated control system that permits unattended operation. Another key innovation will be the development of a new control paradigm for the AWE system that enables a smaller and lighter footprint while increasing the power output. The proposed AWE system will have a rated capacity of 23 kW and will be coupled to a 40 kW-hr battery pack. Both the system and the battery will be mounted to an LTT trailer that is towable by an HMMWV. The system will be hybridized with a 5 kW generator to ensure reliable power delivery.

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