Low Cost, Modular, Single-Phase Power Converter Unit for Customer-Sited Distributed Energy Resource Technologies

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG03-01ER83191
Agency Tracking Number: 65023S01-I
Amount: $99,990.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2001
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
2606 Foothill Boulevard, Suite A, La Cresenta, CA, 91214
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Stanley Krauthamer
 Principal Investigator
 (626) 571-1203
Business Contact
 Marine Boyadzhyan
Title: Business Administrator
Phone: (818) 249-9864
Email: senselab@pacbell.net
Research Institution
65023 A lack of standardized low-cost power converter units (PCUs) for distributed energy resource (DER) systems inhibits the development of commercial mass markets. Present designs are costly, application specific, and use discrete components. To overcome this problem, this project will develop PCUs based on Power Electronic Building Block, (PEBB) modules. These units would be able to interface with most types of electrical power sources and be converted to desired output voltage and power, depending upon the needs of system integrators and PCU manufacturers. Phase I will design, develop, and manufacturer a family of PEBB modules that would constitute a new generation of power converter units, i.e., PCUs that are PEBB-module-based for the DER application. The power-source characteristics of various power sources (such as photovoltaics, micro-turbines, and fuel cells) will be identified so that a family of standard PEBB modules could be developed for DER System Integrators and PCU manufacturers. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: This project should result in low cost, reliable, and high performance PEBB based PCUs. The commercialization of PEBB modules and PEBB-module-based PCUs should create both a supplier base and a user market that will open up the possibilities of large scale production of DER systems.

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