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Modular Collapsible-Hydro-Electric Generator (MCHEG)

Press Release

Press Release

Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI) has been awarded a program from the U.S. Marine Corps to design a portable, hydrokinetic generator for use in a wide range of river environments.

PSI’s generator is built from lightweight and high-strength materials with unique joints that allow it to flat-pack into a 2m by 1m by 0.5m box. The generator is composed of a set of four, redundant modules that may be quickly removed from the box and deployed to any water flow greater than 0.5 m deep. Each module comes with cabling to a central power management unit in the box to be situated on the riverside. Once installed in a typical stream, the full system will produce up to 1.5 kW of electricity via a 24 VDC hookup cable.

Rapidly deployable, hydrokinetic electricity production allows for quick installation of communication equipment, forward-operating units, spatial awareness sensors, and many other crucial implements of the modern warfighter. Over the last few decades, there has been a growing demand in renewable energy technologies from civilian and military stakeholders.

Systems that can generate electricity from existing energy sources in the environment; such as solar, wind, and hydro can reduce electricity costs and enable electrical equipment in locations that the electrical grid does not reach. In developing parts of the world where an electrical grid is not present, communities often rely on ‘microgrids’, small electrical generation stations. This situation drives a growing demand for systems such as MCHEG that can supplement electrical energy in almost any location close to a flowing water source. PSI’s MCHEG system can fill the niche of the developing, renewable energy market.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Sean Torrez
Area Manager, Deployable Technologies
Physical Sciences Inc.
Telephone: (978) 689-0003