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58 Maritime Reporter & Engineering News ? MARCH 2013 SpotterRF RadarSpotterRF was one of 15 industry part-ners selected to participate in a Depart-ment of Defense (DOD) demonstration seeking cutting edge technologies with high potential of improving the warf-ighter?s mission effectiveness and sur- vivability. The Stiletto Maritime Dem- onstration Program conducted its Þ rst capability demonstration, Jan. 14-27, 2013 for the Navy Expeditionary Com-bat Command (NECC) off the coast of Virginia Beach, Va. This capability demonstration allowed SpotterRF to receive immediate feed-back on the radar system as NECC Sail-ors observed the new technology in a realistic military maritime environment. During the course of the demonstra-tion several scenarios were run in which vessels ranging from a jet ski to an 11m RHIB traveled different paths into and around the Harbor. The Spotter M600C was set up remotely on a tripod at the mouth of the Harbor and communicated back to the Stiletto vessel one mile away via Silvias Radio. There, participants could view detections in real time on a map displaying the location, distance and speed of the target. ?The M600C was very effective at de- tecting all vessels coming in and out of the harbor,? said Brock Josephson, Spot- terRF?s team lead for the demonstration. ?The system even detected and tracked a drifting jet ski.?An individual transported the entire system with M600C Radar, tripod, ra- dio and batteries in a single backpack. Set-up and later recovery were accom-plished in a matter of minutes. NEWSPRODUCTSGE Marine: Licensing Agreement with Echogen PowerGE Marine signed an agreement with Echogen Power Systems, Akron, Ohio, to be the exclusive provider of Echogen?s heat-to- power system for use on commer- cial and military marine vessels worldwide. Echogen?s product enhances GE Marine?s mechani- cal, hybrid and all-electric propul-sion system solutions. Echogen?s system captures the exhaust heat energy that typically vents to at- mosphere from gas turbines and/or diesel engines and converts it to useful power. While this concept is not new, Echogen?s technology uses supercritical CO2 (sCO2) as its working ß uid, which allows for a more compact, lighter and eco-nomical conÞ guration than tradi- tional steam systems. Echogen?s technology operates over a broad range of exhaust temperatures to efÞ ciently extract a signi Þ cant amount of energy from various applications and convert it into electrical or mechanical power. The working ß uid can be expand- ed to create cooling or a combina-tion of power and cooling. In the Þ rst quarter of 2013, Echogen will be testing a 7 MW sCO2 engine system. Plans also call for the development of a 2 MW product and 0.4-MW product that will be available in 2016. MR #3 (50-58).indd 58MR #3 (50-58).indd 583/1/2013 11:30:04 AM3/1/2013 11:30:04 AM

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