High Power Density, and Efficient on Board Auxiliary Power Generation System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W56HZV-06-C-0575
Agency Tracking Number: A052-129-3857
Amount: $1,329,100.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solitcitation Year: 2005
Solitcitation Topic Code: A05-129
Solitcitation Number: 2005.2
Small Business Information
AEROVIRONMENT, INC.
181 W. Huntington Drive, Suite 202, Monrovia, CA, 91016
Duns: 058024456
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Zaher Daboussi
 Principal Engineer
 (626) 357-9983
 daboussi@avinc.com
Business Contact
 Jerry Cleveland
Title: Director, Contracts & Leg
Phone: (626) 357-9983
Email: cleveland@avinc.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Power generation at remote locations is increasingly important in providing support for logistic and combat operations. The traditional genset driven by a diesel engine, however, is bulky, not highly efficient, and requires non-trivial maintenance. In addition, the power quality that these traditional gensets supply is not sufficient for many field applications. Thus, a compact, yet high efficiency auxiliary power generation system (APGS) integral to the tracked or wheeled military vehicle, at the 4 kW power level, is an essential new component to aid the warfighter. This advanced generator and power control unit makes use of direct-cooled lamination permanent magnet motor technology and a proprietary interphase transformer technique using sub-phases controlled by a digital signal processor. The flexibility of power output of 24VDC, 270VDC, and 120VAC, makes this device especially valuable for a number of field applications. The proposed Phase II effort will develop an advanced on-board (APGS) that will have a higher efficiency, lower harmonic distortion, lower electromagnetic interference, in addition to the greatly lower volume and weight advantages when compared to current generators. AeroVironment will build on our Phase I work, which demonstrated feasibility, and tackle these challenges using our extensive generator, inverter, and digital control experience.

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