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Electric Ship Research and Development Consortium (ESRDC)
PI: Chrys Chryssostomidis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Project Number:2008-ESRDC-01-LEVStart Date:2008-01-22End Date:2014-01-31
Objectives: MIT will work as a member of the Electric Ship R&D Consortium, to develop critical technologies in electrical power generation, propulsion, conditioning and power distribution.
Methodology: To meet our objectives, we will
Rationale: Commercial applications of electric ship technology have demonstrated that electric ships provide significant advantages in speed, maneuverability and in-hull space utilization. US Navy ships require an increased electrical load for communications and control purposes, making an electric ship the architecture of choice. The electric ship design also promises increased efficiency of overall energy usage and provides flexibility in design. This design will improve survivability and fight-through power in battle, reduce cost, and provide enhanced quality of service for Navy personnel while reducing crew numbers.
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