Innovation Spotlight: Ballistic Breakers™: Arc-free CB for MVDC to HVDC Applications

November 13, 2012 03:06 PM EST By: Sarah Wenning

TechConnect Innovation Tracking: Ballistic Breaker Corporation, a TechConnect Accelerator participant-ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit, 2012

DC arcs are extremely difficult to extinguish, and Ballistic Breakers has designed a unique electromechanical technology (no transistors used) to avoid this problem by breaking a high power DC current without creating an arc while opening the circuit. This leads to a very robust DC circuit breaker that makes MVDC power transmission in microgrids, and eventually HVDC transmission in a supergrid practical.

The technology developed by Ballistic Breakers is currently in the prototype stage, supported in part by a $40k Mass Clean Energy Center Grant. In addition, the company has filed both a US utility patent and a PCT international patent.

Ballistic Breaker is currently in discussions with a major contractor about a potential joint collaboration agreement with the Navy.

Roger Faulkner, President & Founder of Ballistic Breakers, tells TechConnect that since participating at the ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit 2012, he co-presented a scientific paper at the 2012 IEEE International Symposium on Electrical Insulation in March of this year; two papers at the Claverton Energy Conference in Birmingham, England (April 2012), and a presentation at TechConnect in Santa Clara in June 2012. 

To learn more please visit: http://ballisticbreaker.blogspot.com/


 

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