SatCon Wins Army Hybrid Electric Vehicle Integrated Starter Generator Contract
ON -- Jan. 30, 2006 -- SatCon Technology Corporation(R) (Nasdaq NM: SATC), a developer and manufacturer of power electronics and motors for the alternative energy markets, today announced that it has been awarded a Phase I SBIR contract with the U. S. Army to develop an Integrated Starter/Generator (ISG) for hybrid powertrain military vehicles.
SatCon's Applied Technology division is currently developing DC/DC converters (pulse power and battery chargers), starter generators, auxiliary power units, and main generators for hybrid electric vehicles for U. S. Army advanced technology vehicles. This award expands SatCon's portfolio of vehicle power technologies with the development of an integrated starter/generator based on advanced permanent magnet machinery design concepts. This work is a direct follow on from machinery research conducted at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for the automotive sector, and a previous SatCon SBIR supporting the Department of Energy's FreedomCAR traction motor development program. SatCon will leverage its Partnership for the Next Generation Vehicles (PNGV) development work and Advanced Integrated Power Module (AIPM) technology to provide the mating drive for the ISG. This machine technology has direct applicability to both military and civilian hybrid electric vehicle applications as an ISG and/or traction motor, and represents a technology advancement compared to the Toyota Prius electric machine technology. The objectives for a motor-drive system based on this technology includes; constant power speed range (CPSR), rugged design, high power density, and affordable manufacturing capability.
"This new SatCon program further solidifies our push into the hybrid electric vehicle sector as we continue to advance the technology in pursuit of high reliability mobility solutions," stated SatCon's President & Chief Operating Officer, Millard Firebaugh. "This most recent award supplements a broad array of hybrid electric vehicle development activity underway at SatCon. Through this work we are targeting best in class solutions for the widest possible range of HEV applications."
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