Energy Harvesting Wireless Strain Networks

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX12CG05P
Agency Tracking Number: 110199
Amount: $124,968.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: T2.01
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Prime Photonics, LC
VA, Blacksburg, VA, 24060-5548
DUNS: 131199445
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John Coggin
 Principal Investigator
 (540) 961-2200
 jcoggin@primephotonics.com
Business Contact
 Steve Poland
Title: CEO
Phone: (540) 961-2200
Email: steve.poland@primephotonics.com
Research Institution
 Virginia Tech
 Priya Shashank
 304A Holden Hall
Blacksburg, VA, 24061-0002
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 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Prime Research LC (PPLC) and Virginia Tech (VT) propose to develop an energy harvesting wireless strain node technology that utilizes single-crystal piezoelectric fiber-based energy harvesting, highly sensitive and low power piezoresistive strain gages, and ultra wide-band (UWB) ultra low power radio communication. Single crystal piezoelectric fibers promise to improve piezoelectric harvesting power density by a factor of 4?5?while the ultra wide-band radio (UWB) and piezoresistive strain gages promise to lower power requirements by almost 100x. The proposed Phase I work will demonstrate the technologies critical to successful commercialization of a low cost, mass producible, postage stamp sized wireless strain node. A key result of the Phase I effort will be demonstration of the proposed harvesting and sensing technologies. Demonstration of these two items will remove the most significant hurdles to a successful commercial product. Phase I will provide the data necessary to perform an integrated system design in the Phase I Option and during Phase II, PPLC and VT will fabricate the integrated device for use in field trials.

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