Raser Technologies Awarded Contract to Design and Develop Integrated Starter Alternator for Military Vehicles
Raser Technologies, Inc., a technology licensing company established to develop and license advanced electric motor, controller and related technologies, has received a contract for the design and development of working prototypes of a Symetron Enhanced Integrated Starter Alternator (ISA) for use by the US Army in its fleet of more than 50,000 HMMWV (“Humvee”) vehicles.
The Symetron technology, which can be applied in a range of packages, AC or DC, can deliver the high torque of a permanent magnet motor without the use of permanent magnets—in essence, enabling the production of smaller, more powerful and less expensive motors. (Earlier post.)
Raser will perform the work in two phases. The first phase, expected to be performed over the next 18 months, provides Raser with funding of $461,000 and includes the delivery of engineering model ISAs and controllers to the Army and its contractors for design and development testing.
Raser expects the majority of revenue associated with this contract to be recorded in fiscal 2007. The current contract is being administered through ARINC.
Raser estimates that the second phase of preparing an ISA for full military and commercial production would require an additional $4.9 million in federal funding beginning in 2008. If funded, this second phase would include the delivery of fully-functioning ISA and controller prototypes for testing, evaluation and integration into current and developmental vehicle platforms.
The contract and scope of work are an extension of a project that was originally initiated with Raser and the Army’s Tank and Automotive Research and Development Center, (TARDEC) in October 2005. (Earlier post.)
The addition of a Symetron Enhanced ISA and controller should boost fuel economy, improve performance on steep inclines, and simplify maintenance by switching belt-driven accessories to electric drive. A high-performance ISA can also generate adequate mobile power on-board, thereby eliminating the need to tow auxiliary generators to power field operations such as medical and telecommunications units.—Patrick Schwartz, Raser President
In a keynote presentation yesterday at the Hybrid Truck Users Forum, Major General Roger Nadeau, Commanding General of the US Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, stressed that while fuel is one of the Army’s largest challenges in the field, it still is not the prime driver for hybrid electric power—the focus is on internal generation and use of power for the increasing range of devices and for a silent watch capability.
Hybrid is an absolute necessity for Army transformation.—General Nadeau