In 2000 the Office of Naval Research greated the Power Electronic Building Blocks (PEBBs) Science and Technology program. It was touted as an example of ONR funded partnership between government, industry and academia. By encouraging insustry “buy in” early in the science and technology program, the Navy hoped to develop a strong commercial base that will provide affordable products to meet military needs.
“Partnering with both industry and academic researchers has shown practicality, and that the leveraging of these initiatives can develop commercially viable technology for use by all the partners,” said Rear Admiral Paul G. Gaffney, Chief of Naval Research. “Like industry, the military has a great interest in reducing both the cost and time required to design and produce molular, standardized components. By sharing the costs and risks, we not only learn from each other but we also move the technology from the laboratory to the manufacturer and to the market in a reduced time.”
PEBBs are programmable electronic devices that can convert any electrical power input to any desired voltage, current or frequency output.
The partners are as follows:
Industry: Texas Instruments, General Atomics, SatCon, Analysis and Technology, ABB, L3 Communications, Rockwell, Litton-Ingalls Shipbuilding, SPCO, NWL, Northrop Grumman.
University: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Purdue University, University of South carolina, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Maryland, Northeastern University, Center for Power Electronic Systems, California State University Los Angeles
Government: ONR, Naval Research Laboratory, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, Naval Surface Warfare Center, DARPA, Department of the Air Force, Department of the Army, Department of Energy, DOE Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Department of Commerce, NIST.
News Release: “Partnership Between Military, Industry and Academia Pays Off. Diane Banegas. http://www.onr.navy.mil/news/2_14_00a.htm (accessed February 26, 2002).