Satcon Receives Contract for Power Converters

January 22, 2002 by Jeff Shepard

SatCon Technology Corp. (Cambridge, MA) announced that it has been awarded a $4.1 million contract from General Atomics to continue the development of its integrated power system (IPS). The contract phase, when added to the initial IPS phase that began last February, brings the total value of the program to $7.0 million.

Under the new phase of the contract, SatCon will deliver 100kW and 300kW modular, electrical power converter and control assemblies to be tested as part of a full-scale demonstration program for the Navy's "all-electric" ship. The IPS power distribution and conversion modules are designed to handle up to 2MW of turbine generated power.

"We're very pleased with the progress of this critical program," said David Eisenhaure, SatCon president and CEO. "These power systems are being designed and built to support the production of an ‘all-electric’ ship. The benefit to the Navy is to replace mechanical systems with electrical systems that would reduce cost and weight, improve performance, and eliminate environmental pollution."