Historical Events

November 23, 2009. As part of its smart grid development program, the US Department of Energy awarded Peregrine a Phase I and Phase II SBIR contracts to develop an on-site energy storage system for the residential electrical customer. The storage system can use either a permanent, dedicated battery bank or the battery storage found within a pluggable electric vehicle. The storage system and associated electronics can be used to provide grid support in the form of distributed power (real and reactive) which will be dispatchable by the utility using new interactive solid state meters. The storage of energy will also assist in the integration of intermittent renewable resources, such as wind power. Peregrine is working closely with its local utility Portland General Electric, who is now installing over 800,000 of the new meters. Peregrine is also working with several other companies who have already developed portions of the on-site storage system.

September 10, 2009. The National Science Foundation awarded Peregrine a Phase I SBIR project to develop a smart, universal interface for the utility's residential customer. This system includes separate, economic modules for each of the likely functions that might be found at the residential site, including PV systems, pluggable electric vehicles, control of selected loads like hot water heating, and so on. Peregrine will also develop controls that enable the residential customer to obtain pricing information so he can minimize energy costs and maximize energy reliability. The system will also enable the utility to shift many loads to off-peak times. Peregrine is working with several other organizations, including its local electrical utility Portland General Electric and North Carolina State University, which is leading a consortium of institutions carrying out research on the smart grid.

September 29, 2008. Dallas A. Marckx, Managing Member of Peregrine Power LLC, announced that Peregrine has entered into a new Army contract for the development of an ultra-light 1kW electrical power generator that can be carried by the soldier in the field. The generator will use an advanced engine developed with DARPA funds for other military applications, along with SiC-based power electronics.

August 5, 2008. Peregrine Power LLC announced that they have entered into a new contract with the Army that extends an ongoing project to develop power electronics using SiC power semiconductors for use in mobile power. Due to the lower losses, higher operating temperature and faster switching speed of SiC devices, SiC-based power converters will be much lighter than power converters using standard silicon power devices. The technical approach can be used in a wide variety of Army applications, such as inverters, variable speed gensets, hybrid electric vehicle propulsion, and DC-to-DC converters. In the 12-month extension, Peregrine will begin the transition from prototypes to field-ready units. The first application will be to convert the DC power from mobile fuel cells or onboard batteries into regulated AC power.

August 1, 2008. Dallas A. Marckx, Managing Member of Peregrine Power LLC announced that Peregrine has entered into a new Phase II SBIR contract with the Navy to develop an all SiC-based converter for use on combat ships. The converter will enable the rapid reconfiguration of zones of the ship when failures occur for any reason, including combat damage. Due to the lower losses, higher operating temperature and faster switching speed of SiC devices, SiC-based power converters are much smaller and lighter than power converters using standard silicon power devices. The technologies and designs produced by this project will have wide application in Navy ships, including motor controls, frequency changers, inverters and rectifiers. Important subcontractors in this project include Arizona State University and Bruce Carsten Associates.

March 19, 2008. Peregrine Power LLC announced that they have entered into a new Phase I SBIR contract funded by the Navy in which they will explore the incorporation of thermal electric (TE) devices into the packaging of power electronics used in future Navy ships. TE devices can be used to generate electrical power through thermal scavenging or to cool critical components. Peregrine is collaborating with the Research Triangle Institute (RTI), an internationally recognized research organization located in North Carolina. RTI is a leader in the development of TE devices.

January 1, 2008. Peregrine Power LLC announced that they have entered into a new Phase I SBIR contract with NASA for the development of a continuously variable speed rotor system for helicopters. No conventional helicopter today has a variable speed rotor even though the benefits of variable speed have been well-known for many years. This unique system, which blends together mechanical, electrical and electronic components, is the subject of a Peregrine patent application. SiC power devices are a key ingredient in the system due to the fact they enable a dramatic reduction in size and weight of power converters, an important requirement for the proposed helicopter system.