Alternative Energy Harvesting for Small Watercraft

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$79,845.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00024-12-P-4000
Agency Tracking Number:
N112-128-0069
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
N112-128
Solicitation Number:
2011.2
Small Business Information
Infoscitex Corporation
303 Bear Hill Road, Waltham, MA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
004627316
Principal Investigator:
Jeremiah Slade
Manager
(781) 890-1338
jslade@infoscitex.com
Business Contact:
Andrea Hicks
Contracts Supervisor
(937) 429-9008
ahicks@infoscitex.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
The capabilities and mission profile of unmanned watercraft are often significantly limited by the availability of onboard energy. The issue of energy limitation becomes more severe for autonomous systems that are deployed far from shore for extended periods of time due to the difficulties associated with refueling or recharging their power supplies under these conditions. Infoscitex Corporation (IST), SRI International (SRI), and Pennsylvania State University"s Applied Research Lab (ARL) are proposing to address this problem by developing a modular hydrokinetic energy harvesting solution that is easy to transport, handle, and install. This solution will be accomplished by utilizing a relatively new energy generation technology based on electroactive polymers (EAPs), also sometimes known as electroactive polymer artificial muscle (EPAM). These materials provide the ability to produce cost-effective wave or vibration harvesting systems that are simple, efficient, rugged, and reliable, easy to install and highly adaptable and scalable.

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