SatCon will design, fabricate, test, and deliver a complete integrated motor propulsor (IMP) system including motor, controller, and podded propulsor. An IMP enables propulsion for marine vehicles without any mechanical shaft couplings to a power generation source. Final unit delivery and testing at a Navy facility is scheduled for early 2008.
“SatCon is pleased to continue our strong relationship with the US Navy,” stated SatCon’s President and Chief Operating Officer, Millard Firebaugh. “Not only does this contract support our stated strategic initiative to expand our Navy business, but contributes to other product initiatives within SatCon, such as advanced micro-hydro power generation using rim-driven motors. The technology developed as a result of this effort will benefit our hybrid electric vehicle and aerospace offerings for higher power density, higher efficiency electric drive solutions.”
This propulsor technology expands on machinery research and development conducted at SatCon on low weight permanent-magnet rim-motors for naval underwater propulsor applications, and high power density liquid cooled machinery for hybrid electric vehicle applications. The goal is to advance the state of the art to a power density exceeding 0.6 HP/lb for a complete 50 HP IMP system.
This effort supports the Navy’s Future Naval Capabilities thrust towards all electric drives and unmanned systems. Podded propulsion systems promise to reduce overall ship system weight, reduce in-hull space claims, and improve overall power conversion efficiency. Furthermore, they enable higher power unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) applications to increase range and endurance for improved mission effectiveness.
The award is another example of SatCon’s expertise in electric power conversion systems for vehicle applications. Our permanent magnet machine technologies result in high-efficiency, low weight designs that have demonstrated steady improvement with each design generation. Our power electronics expertise in component packaging, system architecture, and software controls enables us to develop efficient and compact solutions for challenging applications within constrained space and environmental requirements.
About SatCon Technology Corporation
SatCon Technology Corporation is a developer and manufacturer of electronics and motors for the Alternative Energy, Hybrid-Electric Vehicle, Grid Support, High Reliability Electronics and Advanced Power Technology markets. For further information, please visit the SatCon website at http://www.satcon.com.
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