A Standards Based, Open-Architecture, Ruggedized Tactical Microgrid Controller

Period of Performance: 08/05/2013 - 01/30/2014

$149K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Opex Systems LLC
3306 Greencastle Chase NE
Marietta, GA 30062
Principal Investigator

Abstract

The Army is addressing a technical challenge of constrained data interface to vendor supplied equipment, to integrate Energy Storage (ES) and tactical Energy Assets (EA) to improve fuel efficiency and reduce wear. The Phase I effort will investigate the feasibility of developing a ruggedized Intelligent Power Management Controller (IPMC) which will act as (a) an Universal Data Integration Gateway to any vendor supplied EA/ES, and (b) an Automation Supervisory Controller to achieve the Army s objectives in tactical Microgrid configurations. The firm is proposing to leverage their extensive experience in advanced industrial and electric grid automation technologies for this project. Three innovations are proposed: a) industrial best practices applied to the military application, b) Standards based communication protocols for data integration, and c) a modern digital control scheme. Anticipated benefits include lower product cost, ease of use, open architecture, standardization and low learning curve. Proposing team includes personnel from Battelle, top non-profit R&D organization with extensive experience in developing solutions for national security applications. The team has capabilities to develop a practical and innovative IPMC solution that will reduce the technology risk and time-to-deployment. The firm estimates excellent dual-use market potential and intends to commercialize IPMC through its energy technology business.