Coupled High Efficiency Propulsion and Energy Storage System for Unmanned Surface Vehicles

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00024-12-P-4059
Agency Tracking Number: N121-054-0107
Amount: $80,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: N121-054
Solicitation Number: 2012.1
Small Business Information
2501 Earl Rudder Freeway South, College Station, TX, -
DUNS: 184758308
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Daniel Houy
 Engineer III
 (979) 764-2200
Business Contact
 G. Hisaw
Title: Sr. Contracts Administrat
Phone: (979) 764-2218
Research Institution
The X-class unmanned surface vehicles (USV) under development by the Navy can expand mission capabilities by conducting Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions in shallow water and riparian environments. Current state-of-the-art battery technology provides X-class USVs with ~3 hours of operational time. Additionally, the propulsion system is only efficient at one speed. A mission endurance time of at least 6 hours is needed to make USVs viable for multiple mission scenarios, and current propulsion and energy storage systems do not provide sufficient efficiency within the limited mass and volume required. In addition, the solution must also provide safe operation while being deployed or recovered from the host craft. Lynntech and their subcontractors propose to develop a fuel cell-hybrid power system coupled to a variable controlled jet pump propulsion system that allows for efficient operation over a wide range of speeds to enable long endurance USVs. During the Phase I, Lynntech will determine requirements for the power and propulsion systems, develop an initial system model, and provide evidence of system feasibility in the operating environment. During Phase II the propulsion and energy system will be integrated and tested with a X-class USV to provide a long endurance platform for the Navy.

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