New Affordable Energy Storage Technologies for Power Grids and Micro-Grids

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$495,332.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N00014-13-C-0347
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
N11A-028-0091
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
N11A-T028
Solicitation Number:
2011.A
Small Business Information
109 Anderson Street Suite 200, Marietta, GA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
867393167
Principal Investigator:
Tony Morris
President&CEO
(404) 386-4036
tmorris@american-maglev.com
Business Contact:
Jordan Morris
COO
(404) 307-8330
jmorris@american-maglev.com
Research Institution:
UT Center for Electromechanics
Joseph H Beno, PhD
Univ. of Texas at Austin
10100 Burnet Rd EME 133
Austin, TX, 78758-
(512) 471-4496
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Compared to Lithium-Ion (Li-ion) batteries, which have earned the largest share of the battery storage market, flywheel energy storage systems (FESS) offer significant advantages in cycle life, power density and turnaround efficiency for short charge/discharge times, but normally at a higher cost. The goal for this Phase II program is to develop a FESS design that has lower acquisition cost than a conventional Li-ion battery system designed for the same mission with substantially lower life-cycle costs. The Team of American Maglev Technology (AMT), Inc. and University of Texas Center for Electromechanics (UTCEM) will target a military trailer-mounted field 3kW, 3kW-hr (stored energy) generator with a higher efficiency, lower acquisition cost and lower mass than a conventional Li-ion system. The candidate solution should also be scalable to accommodate larger motor-generators with peak/average power levels ranging from 40kW/30kW to 120kW/80kW. Beginning with a benchmark concept design and a series of trade studies and composite materials testing, the Team will deliver an updated concept design of an optimized flywheel solution, complete with risk analysis, as part of the Phase II baseline effort. The Phase II Options will focus on the rotor final design, fabrication of one or more rotors for spin testing, and development of the prototype FESS.

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