FSU Researchers Win $35M Grant From U.S. Navy

Aug 10, 2016

Florida State University researchers have won a $35 million grant from the United States Navy.

The USS Alaska en route to Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay in Georgia.
Credit James Kimber of Submarine Group Ten via flickr / https://www.flickr.com/photos/submarinegroupten/

Florida State’s Center for Advanced Power Systems will use the funds to help the Navy develop a fully-electric ship. FSU researchers will lead a team of scientists from across the country in designing various mechanical and electrical features.

The team includes researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mississippi State University, Purdue University, University of South Carolina, The University of Texas at Austin and Virginia Tech. While some electric ships already exist, the Navy hopes to develop an all-electric fleet that doesn’t rely on gas turbines.

The Center conducts research on power system technologies for use in airplanes, space shuttles, ships and trains. In April the program became the first university site to win approval for Naval research testing and simulations.