Opportunistic Energy Harvesting for Submarine Wireless Sensors

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00024-11-C-4171
Agency Tracking Number: N093-190-0899
Amount: $749,908.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: N093-190
Solicitation Number: 2009.3
Small Business Information
336 West Fraser Street, State College, PA, -
DUNS: 005051219
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michael Grissom
 Technical Project Manager
 (814) 867-4097
Business Contact
 Jeremy Frank
Title: President
Phone: (814) 867-4097
Email: jfrank@kcftech.com
Research Institution
This Phase II SBIR proposal is responsive to a Navy need for powering battery-free wireless sensors on submarines. The Phase I work effort that supports this proposal demonstrated that it is feasible to harvest power levels sufficiently high to power wireless sensors from perturbations in a submarine degaussing coil magnetic field. This Phase II follow-on development effort will provide core technical development to the fundamental energy harvester components, including the harvester transducer and circuitry. The development effort will be highly experimental in nature and will provide multiple iterations of hardware. This 24-month work plan concludes with an energy harvester-powered wireless sensor demonstration under simulated conditions. A 6-month Phase II Options supports research and development activities for transitioning the prototype devices into production. This phase includes a final demonstration on a degaussing coil test bed.

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