Electrical Energy Storage System by SMES Method for Ultra-High Power and Energy Density

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-12-M-2253
Agency Tracking Number: F11B-T31-0147
Amount: $99,841.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: AF11-BT31
Solicitation Number: 2011.B
Small Business Information
1745A West Nursery Rd, MS4018, Linthicum, MD, -
DUNS: 795953095
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jerry Foshage
 Senior Staff Engineer
 (978) 500-4803
Business Contact
 Dennis Mahoney
Title: Vice President of Marketing
Phone: (410) 694-8050
Email: dmahoney@rct-systems.com
Research Institution
 Florida State University
 R.H. R Meeker, Jr., P.E.
 2000 Levy Ave, Ste 140
Tallahassee, FL, 32310-
 (850) 645-1711
 Nonprofit college or university
ABSTRACT: RCT Systems, with Florida State University, MIT, and partners, will develop a fast transient Superconducting Magnet Energy Storage (SEMS) system model for aircraft and spacecraft applications requiring ultra high capacity and rapid charge/discharge rates in an energy and power dense package. A fully parametric, multi-physic model allows rapid sizing for a range of energy storage levels, based on state of the art materials and customer defined operating limits. Phase I design and analysis efforts lead to Phase II scaled hardware fabrication and"in the loop"testing for model validation. Phase II results are traceable to a full scale SMES device with minimized risk. We are leveraging our team"s experience with and facilities for power conversion, charging and pulse electronics, superconducting and cryogenic systems and hardware in the loop testing. BENEFIT: This work will yield smaller, lighter, and more durable energy storage systems. SMES technology will enable high energy transients in a safe and reliable application in satellite thrusters, electric aircraft propulsion, and directed energy systems. The technology has broad DoD applicability for directed energy systems including Army, Navy, and ground based installation programs. Commercial applications include: grid stabilization, source leveling in alternative energy sources (e.g., wind energy), and load leveling in industrial processes.

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