Reconfigurable Hybrid Power Supply for Advanced Military Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-11-C-0497
Agency Tracking Number: N112-108-1410
Amount: $80,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: N112-108
Solicitation Number: 2011.2
Small Business Information
Eskra Technical Products, Inc.
2595 Hwy I, Saukville, WI, -
DUNS: 019480511
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Rodney LaFollette
 CTO
 (262) 707-5855
 rmlafollette@aol.com
Business Contact
 Michael Eskra
Title: President
Phone: (262) 707-5855
Email: MikeEskra@aol.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
The emergence of new generations of munitions and others military systems has created demand for adaptable high energy density power sources. Both batteries and energy harvesters have been used separately, but with limited success. The purpose of this program is to respond to this unmet need by developing a reconfigurable, adaptable controller for a hybrid power supply. During Phase I, a long-life, 24 V lithium-ion battery will be made and used. Several different energy harvesters will also be employed, both separately and simultaneously. Previous work has demonstrated the feasibility of making miniature hybrid power supplies to operate wireless sensors and various military/aerospace systems. In this proposed program, we will build on our experience to create high power hybrid power supplies (>24 W) During Phase I breadboarded power supplies will be built and demonstrated. During Phase II a single universal controller will be built to include all system functions. The reconfigurable power source can be used to power many different systems, employing a"plug and play"architecture. The availability of this power supply will greatly extend capabilities of emerging military applications.

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