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

James Kimber of Submarine Group Ten via flickr

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

Florida State’s Center for Advanced Power Systems will use the funds to help the Navy develop a fully-electric ship. FSU researchers will leada 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.

As a Tallahassee native, Kate Payne grew up listening to WFSU. She loves being part of a station that had such an impact on her. Kate is a graduate of the Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts. With a background in documentary and narrative filmmaking, Kate has a broad range of multimedia experience. When she’s not working, you can find her rock climbing, cooking or hanging out with her cat.