TEWKSBURY, Mass., Oct. 11 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy has given Raytheon Phase 2 development contracts for a Bi-Directional Power Converter and a Power Management Controller for its ships.
The aim of the two one-year awards -- no monetary value was given for either -- is to deliver better fuel economy for future surface and sub-surface vessels and enhanced architectural flexibility for mission-critical systems.
"As the U.S. Navy develops the platforms and mission systems that ready our warfighters for requirements of the future, there's an increasing need to provide more efficient and more capable power systems," said Joe Biondi, vice president of Advanced Technology for Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems business.
"Our continued power technology innovation supports our customers' long-term goals and ensures warfighters can leverage the most advanced technologies possible."
Raytheon said the power management controller will provide for a new generation of intelligent shipboard power control by optimizing performance of systems. An example given was balancing planned and unplanned pulse power loads through intelligent use of all power system components.
The Bi-Directional Power Converter initiative is for development of high-density, efficient power converters that enable new, more energy efficient ship power system architectures.
The BDPC would be modular and interface with high power radar, energy storage, pulsed loads and motor drives.
"The BDPC reduces the total cost of ownership by reducing weight and volume by a factor of three, while achieving efficiency of 96-98 percent," Raytheon said.