Funding Type: BAA
Reference Number: ONRBAA11-028
Response Date: September 19, 2011
The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is interested in receiving proposals for an energy dense air-independent, rechargeable/refuelable energy system for the Large Displacement Unmanned Underwater Vehicle Innovative Naval Prototype (LD UUV INP). The performers will deliver a scalable energy system with threshold and objective performances as defined in Table 1 of the BAA.
Background: Greater breadth of mission profiles for current and future Naval UUVs require longer endurance stealthy propulsion systems that extend the current capability of 10-40 hours to several days or weeks (UUV Master Plan; www.navy.mil/navydata/technology/uuvmp.pdf). Current and future anticipated technologies based solely on high energy density batteries will not provide adequate endurance for the missions envisioned for the LDUUV. Solutions beyond battery-only technology capabilities are required.
The goal of this program is to develop and demonstrate power system technologies capable of the performance specifications and characteristics contained in Tables 1-4 of the BAA. Proposals shall describe a complete system concept, provide a detailed scope of work for the development of the core technology(ies) and conduct integrated bench-top system testing to achieve a Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of no less than 4 (Phase I Base). In addition to the specific S&T performance capabilities, proposers are expected to conduct a safety analysis (Preliminary Hazard/Safety Analysis (PHSA), reference in Appendix B) of the system energy technology concept. Any proposal that does not provide a specific full system solution, as well as a safety analysis, will not be considered.
PLEASE NOTE: NUCLEAR POWER OPTIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS EFFORT
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