ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (May 22, 2012) — U.S. Army engineers were recognized for their collaborative efforts with small business to develop a transportable 100 kW generator that is 3,150 pounds lighter than those currently in theater.
Members of the Research, Development & Engineering Command’s Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center, or CERDEC, received an Army Small Business Innovation Research, or SBIR, Phase II Achievement Award at the Women’s Memorial Center, Arlington National Cemetery, April 26, for their work with Spectrum Research Corporation of Albany, N.Y.
The effort resulted in a generator light and compact enough to be towed by a Humvee, yet sturdy enough to be transported off road. The towable 100 kW is a load following, variable speed generator set; this potentially allows for a 20 percent fuel reduction and mitigates wet stacking, which is deposit buildup that clogs the exhaust system resulting in serious damage to the generator.