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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

UPDATED: November 2020

How to Submit

For detailed application and submission information for this research topic, please refer to our broad agency announcement (BAA) No. N00014-22-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; instructions are included in the BAA.


Borraccini, Joseph Mr.
Program Officer
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