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.