PEREGRINE POWER LLC
The contractor is developing high power density converters for use on advanced Navy ships. These will link various electrical busses so the electrical sources and loads can be reconfigured in the event of damage. The original objective was to deliver a 100 kW converter to the Office of Naval Research. It was to have been made up of four 25kW modules, each using advanced SiC power semiconductors and high frequency transformers with nano-crystalline core materials. Due to the immature state and high cost of SiC devices, issues occurred. The number of modules was reduced to two and they will not be entiirely made of up of SiC devices. That is, in some cases, more conventional silicon devices will be used. However, sufficient tests could be carried out with SiC devices to demonstrate their substantial advantages. All nano-crystalline magnetics were developed and tested as planned. The contract was extended without cost until the end of April, 2011; the work should be wrapped up by then. A demonstration to the Navy and final report will be provided at that time. The budget was exhausted with the last invoice, but the the contractor will continue with its own funds to complete these deliverables. The technologies developed in this product are superb and should be incorporated into Navy power systems. Meetings with a major defense contractor will be taking place in the near future to establish the necessary strategic partnership to get the technologies actually onboard a ship. Five patents are expected as the result of this project.