Navy Power Research at FSU

It's smooth sailing at Florida State University where researchers are working to change the way ships in the Navy operate.

Thursday, FSU's Center for Advanced Power Systems unveiled its latest invention to help the Navy get electrified.

The world's largest superconducting ship motor is housed at the new FSU Center for Advanced Power Systems, known as CAPS.

Dr. Kirby Kemper, FSU VP of Research, says, “The Navy has to change, it’s looking at ships 30 to 40 years from now, so we're developing what we think will be the Navy of the future.”

Established in 2000, CAPS is steering towards the development of an all-electric ship through testing, simulating and modeling. FSU researchers are able to scale up this five megawatt monster motor to a 361/2 megawatt.

Dr. Ray Bye, FSU Director of Federal Relations and Economic Development, says, “With this program we can show exactly how a ship would react to with this motor.”

The cutting edge research may be the wave of the future not only for those at sea, but also on land.

Sharon Beermann-Curtin, program director of the Navy's electric power research, says, “They technology developed here will be used to help prevent blackouts and power grid issues.”

The $40 million research is being funded by the Navy and FSU Foundation.