Marine Portable Power Unit

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: M67854-07-C-6512
Agency Tracking Number: N062-105-0265
Amount: $99,976.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: N06-105
Solicitation Number: 2006.2
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
 Omourtag Velev
 Principal Investigator
 (626) 357-9983
 velev@avinc.com
Business Contact
 Jerry Cleveland
Title: Director, Contracts & Leg
Phone: (626) 357-9983
Email: cleveland@avinc.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Reliable, high quality power is one of the most important, yet tactically difficult tools the Marine uses. In many locations, grid reliability and power quality are uncertain, and battery use, where the grid isn’t available, is even more challenging. Thus, a solution that provides uninterruptible power supply (UPS) functionality, uses currently deployed batteries as building blocks, intelligently charges batteries, and provides high quality AC and DC power would be extremely useful. This UPS solution, however, must also be light enough to be portable and rugged to withstand tough Marine environments. The proposed UPS solution will provide 1kW of 120VAC backup power for up to three hours, charge 12V and 24V batteries, and provide DC power. Thus, the AC and DC power flow will be bi-directional and the batteries hot-swappable. While the design and packaging is challenging, and will require an innovative effort, AeroVironment has developed a charger it currently uses for its unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that can be adapted for the DC battery portion. In addition, AeroVironment uses patented technology for charging multiple electric vehicles (PosiCharge®) that can be adapted for strategically directing power flow to the batteries. We also have extensive experience developing bi-directional grid-tied equipment.

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