Florida State University (FSU) will play a key part as the Navy looks to create an all electric ship.
On Monday, the Navy announced the Office of Naval Research is sending a $35 million grant to FSU’s Center for Advanced Power Systems over the next five years to help build the all electric ship. Other schools also awarded grants on this project are the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mississippi State University, Purdue University, the University of South Carolina, the University of Texas at Austin and Virginia Tech.
“We are thrilled and grateful for this show of support from the Office of Naval Research,” said Gary Ostrander, FSU’s vice president of research. “CAPS has pioneered power systems testing and to be recognized by the Navy in this way demonstrates their value as a research partner and the high quality of their work.”
“This is the largest grant ever received by CAPS, and to me it reflects the respect the Navy has for the previous research and testing CAPS researchers have accomplished over the past 15 years,” said CAPS Director Roger McGinnis who served in the Navy, rising to the rank of captain.
With most ships powered by gas turbines, the Navy wants a “fully integrated electric ship so that one power source would be controlling all computer systems, energy storage, sensors and propulsion capability.” CAPS insists it will be able to run simulations safely as the Navy looks to embrace new technologies.
“We want the Navy to understand the risks or benefits if they take one path versus another when they are choosing different types of technologies,” said Michael “Mischa” Steurer, a faculty member working with CAPS. “Our simulations allow us to see the full picture of these new technological options.”
The grant garnered applause in Washington.
“A great accomplishment for Florida State University,” noted retiring U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, D-Fla., on Tuesday. “I look forward to seeing how their research will continue to benefit our military and strengthen our national security.”