August 23, 2017

UTC researchers win $3.5M in grant funding

PHOTO | Contributed
PHOTO | Contributed

East Hartford's United Technologies Research Center is receiving more than $3.5 million in two separate federal grants involving early-stage power projects, the U.S. Department of Energy announced Wednesday.

The DOE's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) awarded the grants. ARPA-E advances high-potential, high-impact energy technologies that are too early for private-sector investment.

One grant totaling nearly $1.9 million will be used by a UTRC research team to build a device that weighs about half as much as available converters but can handle a broad power range and achieve a high rate of efficiency when converting the power. If successful, the device could be used in aircraft power systems, electric locomotives and ship propulsion, according to ARPA-E.

The second grant for just under $1.6 million will be used by researchers to develop an extremely efficient power converter capable of handling kilowatts of electricity at ultra-high power densities. If successful, the device would be used with aircraft starter motors, ARPA-E said.

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