Autonomously deployed energy harvesting system in coastal and riverine environment

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-11-M-0259
Agency Tracking Number: N111-072-1508
Amount: $79,462.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
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, -
DUNS: 003473523
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Kevin McNamara
 Director of Research&En
 (347) 687-4489
Business Contact
 Benjamin Filardo
Title: Owner
Phone: (646) 327-7401
Research Institution
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.

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

Agency Micro-sites

SBA logo
Department of Agriculture logo
Department of Commerce logo
Department of Defense logo
Department of Education logo
Department of Energy logo
Department of Health and Human Services logo
Department of Homeland Security logo
Department of Transportation logo
Environmental Protection Agency logo
National Aeronautics and Space Administration logo
National Science Foundation logo
US Flag An Official Website of the United States Government