Power & Energy Science and Technology

The Advanced Naval Platforms Division's (ONR Code 331's) Power & Energy Science and Technology (S&T) program is focused on solving fundamental research problems, applying scientific knowledge, and developing power and energy solutions to Navy and USMC needs. There is a broad array of existing Power and Energy S&T challenges, and this program targets those having the most relevance to existing and future missions.

Advanced naval electrical architectures are needed to support future concepts of operation. As part of this need, investments in cyber-physical energy system modeling, design and synthesis of resilient microgrid systems, power management, advanced electrical conductors, energy storage systems, energy recovery, rotating machinery, advanced materials, and power generation technology are important for Naval ship platforms and the future force.

Power and energy challenges span multiple Navy and Marine Corps (naval) platforms. An important area of interest is understanding the potential for seabed energy harvesting. Initiatives are currently directed toward hydrothermal energy sources as well as benthic gas seeps and hydrates. A better understanding of the nature of seabed energy sources, including geographical locations, physical characteristics, chemical makeup, and variability are sought. Advanced materials, conversion approaches, and deployment methodologies are being explored.

Naval systems require energy storage systems that are safe to operate, store and transport in military environments. Energy storage containment technology is being developed to withstand the explosive and thermal energy of a battery module under failure conditions, yet provide the thermal management needed during normal energy storage use conditions. Advanced materials and heat transfer concepts are of interest for this capability.

Research Concentration Areas

  • This program is aligned with the Naval R&D Framework’s operational endurance priority. The program addresses several of the operational endurance sub topics including power generation, storage, energy efficiency, affordability, and high-performance materials. The work supports the mission capable, persistent and survivable sea platforms integrated research portfolio.
  • This power and energy program is aligned with many of the objectives outlined in NAVSEA’s Naval Power & Energy System Technology Development Roadmap (NPES-TDR)1.
  • S&T initiatives under this program also address the multi-service needs identified in the Office of the Secretary of Defense’s energy and power community of interest (EPCOI) roadmap.

Research Challenges and Opportunities

  • Materials, devices and architectures to increase efficiency and power density on platforms
  • Highly efficient solid-state energy recovery from naval platforms, novel materials and energy conversion concepts
  • Improvement in the electrical conductivity of nanostructured carbon electrical conductors to enable the next generation of power dense, ultra-low resistance conductors, cables, electrical architectures, and rotating machinery
  • Improvement to the critical temperature and critical current-carrying capacity of superconductors in support of advanced future naval platforms and systems
  • Improved fuel consumption, soot reduction, and enhanced maintainability/life characteristics for marine reciprocating and turbine engines
  • Affordable, efficient seabed energy conversion concepts, with cost-effective, environmentally-sound deployment approaches
  • Efficient power generation concepts, including engines, filtrations systems, and rotating machinery
  • Development and demonstration of advanced, modular, safe, energy storage systems for the Marine Corps' including unique development of composite containment enclosures to prevent propagation of battery failure to personnel and equipment

For More Information

Program Contact Information

Name: Dr. H. Scott Coombe

Title: Program Officer

Department: Code 331

Email for Questions: harold.coombe@navy.mil

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.

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