A Novel Hybrid Power Generator for Harvesting Multiple Ambient Energy Sources

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$79,939.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N68335-11-C-0496
Agency Tracking Number:
N112-108-0079
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
N112-108
Solicitation Number:
2011.2
Small Business Information
CFD Research Corporation
215 Wynn Dr., 5th Floor, Huntsville, AL, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
185169620
Principal Investigator:
Jianjun Wei
Principal Scientist
(256) 327-0672
proposals-contracts@cfdrc.com
Business Contact:
Deborah Phipps
Contracts Manager
(256) 726-4884
dap@cfdrc.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
The objective of this project is to develop and deliver an innovative power generation technology to replace the current thermal batteries used by the Fleet. We will leverage our newly discovered breakthrough in energy harvesting and deliver a hybrid power generator (HPG) that is capable of simultaneously scavenging multiple ambient energy sources, including thermal and optical radiation, vibrations etc., and converting them into usable electrical energy. Additionally, the HPG technology offers several advantages over existing methodologies of thermal, optical or mechanical energy harvesting, including: rapid power generation, rugged architecture for long-lasting, continuous energy scavenging at various environments, higher energy conversion, ease of packaging and integration with existing energy storage systems, safety and low cost. In Phase I, we will focus on analysis, design and testing components of the HPG device and experimental validation of harvesting energies from thermal/photon/vibration sources in laboratory. We will evaluate the HPG"s reliability and feasibility as a power source to replace the Fleet thermal batteries. In Phase II, we will optimize the HPG device and develop approaches for device packaging and integration, evaluate energy harvesting in a representative environment, deliver a scaled prototype that is suitable for field testing, and demonstrate prototype performance against established parameters.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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