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US government to fund new marine power system

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New Jersey, USA — ESI-AFRICA.COM — 30 November 2010 – An American company, Princeton Power Systems (PPS), has announced a new programme award from the United States Department of Energy’s Wind and Hydropower Technologies Programme, under the Marine and Hydro-kinetic Technology Readiness Advancement fund.

The multi-year programme will fund PPS to develop an advanced power conditioning system for marine and hydro-kinetic power generating applications, using the company’s distributed generation transformer and E-QUAD power flow control technologies.

Under the programme, the company will advance its state-of-the-art power conditioning technologies in order to make marine distributed power applications more efficient, less expensive and more reliable. In addition, it will work on combining advanced energy storage into the power conditioning system, in order to make power output smooth, reliable and predictable.

“Our company has developed a set of power conditioning technologies to support distributed generation applications, and we are excited about the opportunity to apply them to the developing global markets for marine and hydropower applications,” said executive vice president of business development and co-founder Darren Hammell.

“This programme will combine our expertise in commercial-scale distributed power and energy storage, with our generator control technologies and our military products designed for the harsh marine environment,” he added.

Most marine energy sources are variable, physically distant from load centers and bulky in size. Combining a high-voltage switching section, internal high-frequency transformer, and a multi-port power conditioner, will enable smoothing intermittencies, an increase in transmission efficiency, and reduced overall size and cost.

The technologies will also allow for low-cost, high-voltage DC transmission (HVDC) directly to shore. With the awarded funding, Princeton Power Systems will develop the power conditioning system from prototype development to commercial deployment.