Posted by John Keller
WASHINGTON, 2 Feb. 2010. U.S. Navy shipbuilding experts are asking industry for white-paper proposals on ways to improve shipboard integrated power system (IPS) technology at the major component, subsystem, and system level -- including power management, energy storage, and power conversion.
Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) issued a broad agency announcement Monday (solicitation N00024-10-R-4215) for new approaches to shipboard power systems to include electric propulsion, power distribution, combat system support, and ship mission load interfaces to the electric power system.
This solicitation will be open for one year, so companies interested in submitting white papers have until 1 Feb. 2011 to respond.
Of particular interest to NAVSEA officials is increasing the commonality of components used aboard several different kinds of ships, as well as developing modules with standard interfaces that the Navy will control. The overall goal is to improve the energy efficiency and combat effectiveness of the Navy's surface fleet.
NAVSEA wants to improve shipboard integrated power systems through analysis, modeling, and simulation of emerging technologies such as fuel cells, support for high-energy weapons and high-power radars, high-speed generators, and advanced power electronics.
White papers submitted should focus on analysis, development, risk reduction, and demonstration of future shipboard electric power systems and components, with an emphasis on shipboard power generation, propulsion, conversion, distribution, and control. Papers also should consider power quality, energy storage, system survivability, simplicity, and ruggedness, Navy officials say.
More information is online at https://www.fbo.gov/spg/DON/NAVSEA/NAVSEAHQ/N0002410R4215/listing.html.
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