Electric Power Components and Systems
Work in these areas supports the Navy’s interest in advanced naval power and energy systems research and technology:
- Efficient and power-dense architecture and components: Focuses on a hybrid circuit breaker device for medium-voltage, direct current, ship electrical-distribution systems.
- Robust Combat Power Control Future Naval Capability (FNC): Focuses on developing controls and methods that take full advantage of the power and energy resources within a ship’s machinery system, to deliver the energy required by the mission systems. The Robust Combat Power Control FNC will enable higher power shipboard weapons and sensors.
Research Concentration Areas
- Control methods to optimize ship energy resources
- Enabling higher-power weapons and sensors on platform(s)
- Robust Combat Power Control FNC Program
- System configuration to operate at maximum efficiency/performance though three-way communication and control between machinery systems, mission planning and directed-energy mission systems
- Utilization of shared-energy storage and high-bandwidth power-conversion equipment embedded in a distribution system
Research Challenges and Opportunities
- Apply advanced-power semiconductor devices, in order to increase electric-power-conversion power density and efficiency
- Apply new converter topologies, power control and protection methods for improved shipboard electrical-system power density and efficiency
- Develop component and system technologies that improve naval electrical power utilization
- Ensure control methods and systems meet cyber security requirements
- Improve shipboard electrical-distribution power density, performance and efficiency
For More Information
Watch ONR's Power & Energy Technology video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1101UBFa0s
UPDATED: November 2020
Program Contact Information
How to Submit
For detailed application and submission information for this research topic, please see our Funding Opportunities page and refer to broad agency announcement (BAA) No. N00014-21-S-B001.
- Contracts: All white papers and full proposals for contracts must be submitted through FedConnect; instructions are included in the BAA.
- Grants: All white papers for grants must be submitted through FedConnect, and full proposals for grants must be submitted through grants.gov; instructions are included in the BAA.