Alternative Energy Harvesting for Small Watercraft

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