General Atomics picks SatCon electronics for Navy engine

BOSTON, 22 Nov. 2005. SatCon Technology Corp. today announced that it has been awarded a contract with General Atomics (GA) to help develop a new modular 40-megawatt power converter that will power and control a full-scale superconducting DC Homopolar Motor (HPM).

BOSTON, 22 Nov. 2005. SatCon Technology Corp. today announced that it has been awarded a contract with General Atomics (GA) to help develop a new modular 40-megawatt power converter that will power and control a full-scale superconducting DC Homopolar Motor (HPM).

The Homopolar Motor program is being developed under the Office of Naval Research (ONR). The Homopolar Motor propulsion system will provide benefits of higher efficiencies, smaller size, and weight savings for a broad range of military and commercial vessels.

The award expands on SatCon's portfolio of power electronics applications with the development of an integrated modular converter design. This technology has direct applicability to both military and civilian propulsion systems and represents a major step forward in technology for "all electric" ship applications.

"SatCon is pleased to be participating in the Navy's advanced propulsion and power distribution programs. This contract supports one of our stated strategic initiatives to grow our Navy business area. The HPM program enables SatCon to develop propulsion power technology for the military that we believe could represent the future of propulsion and power distribution technology for ships and other commercial platforms," said SatCon's president and COO, Millard Firebaugh.

SatCon Technology Corp. 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 more information, see www.satcon.com.

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