Autonomously deployed energy harvesting system in coastal and riverine environment

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$79,462.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00014-11-M-0259
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
N111-072-1508
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
N111-072
Solicitation Number:
2011.1
Small Business Information
Brooklyn Navy Yard, 63 Flushing Avenue, Unit 195 Building 280, Suite 515, Brooklyn, NY, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
003473523
Principal Investigator:
Kevin McNamara
Director of Research&En
(347) 687-4489
mcnamara@pliantenergy.com
Business Contact:
Benjamin Filardo
Owner
(646) 327-7401
filardo@pliantenergy.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
The Power Frond Generator utilizes unique geometry and flexible electroactive polymers to capture hydrokinetic energy via dynamic material strain. It accomplishes this without the need for bearings or exposed moving parts. The Power Frond is highly resistant to extreme events such as excessive water-flow speeds and impacting objects. It is highly resistant to fouling from debris and to corrosion. In the proposed Phase I program Pliant Energy Systems will conceive and model an integrated unit for in-stream deployment which harvests hydrokinetic energy, converts it to usable power and stores excess for use by sensors and Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs). Phase I Option will analyze the model and create a risk assessment for the anticipated build in Phase II.

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