Advanced Small, Lightweight Multi-Fueled 1,000 - 1,500 W Variable Speed Load Following Man-Portable Power Unit

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15P7T-12-C-A020
Agency Tracking Number: A121-048-1180
Amount: $99,991.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: A12-048
Solicitation Number: 2012.1
Small Business Information
8C Petra Lane, Al, NY, -
DUNS: 872608773
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michael Ampela
 President
 (518) 369-0306
 mike@generators.com
Business Contact
 Michael Ampela
Title: President
Phone: (518) 369-0306
Email: mike@generators.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
The U.S. Army has long recognized the benefits of load following gensets in terms of substantially reducing both fuel consumption and acoustic noise signature. The overall goal for the proposed effort is to develop an advanced 1-man portable, multi-fueled, electric power unit with load following capability and selectable 120 VAC, 28 VDC, and battery charger outputs. The 1500W size range is particularly significant because it represents the smallest size genset that can handle virtually any household or commercial AC-powered product. For the present military application, the system must be extremely lightweight, compact, and must be packaged to withstand all the rigors of combat. Spectrum Research Corporation has developed a plan to meet all these objectives through the development of a compact compression ignition engine and hybrid power electronics. Through the use of an intermediate energy storage device, the proposed architecture will enable the engine to match the applied load over a 4:1 speed range while responding to full unanticipated step loads with no voltage dip. It is fully anticipated that the result of this effort will extend the range of low power Tactical Quiet Generators and serve as the basis for a highly successful commercialization effort.

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