Concurrent Technologies Corp. seeks to help the U.S. Air Force bolster installation grid resilience and modernize flightline power generation under a pair of contracts from the branch’s research laboratory.
The first contract, valued at $4.8 million, will focus on developing a direct current microgrid for Kirtland AF Base in New Mexico to reduce the facility’s reliance on DC-to-alternating current inverters, CTC said Friday.
A goal of the project is to demonstrate technical achievements and cost savings to evaluate the potential adoption of the technology outside Kirtland AFB.
“This project expands on our established resiliency methodologies, applying a new set of requirements and incorporating new technology solutions,” said Ed Sheehan, president and CEO of CTC.
The second award is worth $4.6 million and supports the Air Force’s plan to replace diesel-powered generators for its fighter aircraft.
CTC will design and build another Next Generation Powerhead system using lithium-ion battery technology and silicon carbide-based electronics.
Sheehan noted that the company has explored generator concepts in the last eight years and supports the branch’s electric flightline transition goals.