A researcher of University of Toledo is using a semiconductor material that will both save on technology costs and increase fuel efficiency. The researcher along with his team has designed circuits smaller in size that regular circuits that will be prove more efficient to US Navy and the US aerospace systems. It will save on technology as well as energy use. The Office of Naval Research (ONR) had awarded an amount of $510,000 for the project.
The funding by ONR is with an aim to encourage collaboration with U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL). The project aims to develop sustainable solutions and strengthen national security. The US Navy believes says fuel economy and efficient power solutions will enhance operational flexibility of the military. The researcher, Dr. Raghav Khanna who leads the research will design circuit using gallium nitride to apply it to direct current microgrids for electric navy ships.
The nest-generation microgrids will benefit from DC electricity. Conventional power distribution grids run of alternating current but now the researchers will use direct current microgrids. The DC microgrids will reduce the energy usage and minimise physical space for achieving the performance. Prior to joining the U Toledo in 2015, Dr. Khanna has worked for HRL Laboratories. Dr. Khanna was directly involved for the development of gallium-nitride based battery for green vehicles. The semiconductor material will both save on technology costs and increase fuel efficiency.