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SMART Autonomous Warfighter Universal Power Converter

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W91CRB-14-C-0003
Agency Tracking Number: A132-095-0530
Amount: $99,949.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A13-095
Solicitation Number: 2013.2
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2013
Award Year: 2014
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2013-12-13
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2014-06-12
Small Business Information
1965 Lycoming Creek Road Suite 205
Williamsport, PA 17701
United States
DUNS: 000000000
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Ross W Bird
 (570) 322-2700
 rbird@qortek.com
Business Contact
 Cathy A Brooke
Phone: (570) 322-2700
Email: cbrooke@qortek.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

A novel bidirectional power converter module is proposed utilizing a new converter topology enabling true bidirectional operation by intelligent control of modified switched mode power architecture. This architecture facilitates the creation of a multi-output module that intelligently determines which terminal is actively connected to a power source, and in turn which additional terminal is the desired output. These goals would be nearly impossible just a few years ago, but with increasingly powerful processors found in compact electronics, such as cell phones and tablet devices coupled with the newest custom design packaging techniques the power converter concept is made possible. In order to address the Armys complex and ever changing mission needs, the proposed WUPC provides a user-friendly, modular, SMART power converter that facilitates rapid adaptation of any available power source to the users current needs by simply plugging in the appropriate connectors. The WUPC addresses this need by autonomously determining the correct operating mode and providing the soldier any other power he desires from that input. Achieving this task will be processor intensive in order to handle all the differing modes in addition to the hardware control, MPPT and safety that is required for any rugged system.

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