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1. (WO2017019594) HYBRID POWER SYSTEM

Pub. No.:    WO/2017/019594    International Application No.:    PCT/US2016/043851
Publication Date: Fri Feb 03 00:59:59 CET 2017 International Filing Date: Tue Jul 26 01:59:59 CEST 2016
IPC: F01K 3/18
H02K 35/02
Applicants: NORTHROP GRUMMAN SYSTEMS CORPORATION
Inventors: PROUDFOOT, Lewis, S.
Title: HYBRID POWER SYSTEM
Abstract:
Heat from a safe high energy density fuel, such as aluminum, is used to generate electrical power. In some applications, the fuel may use seawater as an oxidizer. Additionally, the hybrid power system uses a highly efficient and silent thermoacoustic power converter (TAPC) to convert the thermal energy from the oxidation of aluminum to AC electrical energy. The AC electrical energy is converted to DC energy and stored in a battery. In situations demanding low power, the battery can provide power while the fuel combustion process is suspended.