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Cardinal Wins USAF Direct to Phase II SBIR for Rapidly Deployable Microgrid

September 30th, 2022 | posted in News

Cardinal Engineering has been awarded a direct to Phase II Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) contract by the United States Air Force (USAF). The project supports the Energy Needs for Expeditionary Forces Supplied by Rocket Cargo Generated Delivery (ENERGY) topic area focused on the development and rapid transport of power systems. Under this tasking, Cardinal Engineering will design, build, and test a prototype containerized microgrid concept called Remote Essential Power System (REPS). The project is multi-disciplinary, leveraging Cardinal Engineering’s expertise in the electric, mechanical, controls, structures, and packaging areas. The REPS design will be capable of providing critical resources including electrical power, water purification, remote communications, limited medical devices, and atmospheric conditioning to sustain remote personnel. These resources will be managed by a unique Resource Management Routine (RMR) supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system designed to optimize performance without user intervention and provide operational recommendations based on evolving mission requirements when deployed.