Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI) has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Marine Corps to develop a portable, rapidly deployable hydroelectric generator with a power output up to 1.5 kW.
The U.S. Marine Corps needs a portable, hydroelectric generator to provide electrical energy to recharge batteries and power equipment. Electrical energy used in the field today is primarily generated using diesel generators. Having the option to use an energy source present in the environment, such as a river or stream, reduces the need to transport and store fuel. In order to meet the Marine Corps’ needs, PSI is developing the Modular, Collapsible Hydro-Electric Generator (MCHEG). During a Phase I SBIR program, PSI successfully fabricated and tested a prototype MCHEG module, experimentally demonstrating its hydrokinetic turbine geometry. In this Phase II program, PSI will develop an advanced, collapsible MCHEG turbine array that meets the USMC electrical power generation, weight, stowed volume and deployment time requirements.
For more information contact:
Dr. Sean Torrez
Area Manager, Deployable Structures
Physical Sciences Inc.
Office: (978) 689-0003
Acknowledgement of Sponsorship: This work is supported under a contract with the United States Marine Corp Systems Command. This support does not constitute an express or implied endorsement on the part of the Government.