February 15, 2024 2 min read

U.S. Air Force Awards Innovation Research Contract to Inergy

Inergy Wins $1.2M SBIR Contract to Power Air Force Robots and Drones Off-Grid

Pocatello, Idaho – Inergy announces it has been selected by AFWERX for a Direct-to-Phase II contract in the amount of $1,239,956 focused on an off-grid portable charging station specifically designed for robots, drones, and other autonomous sensor platforms to address the most pressing challenges in the Department of the Air Force (DAF). The Air Force Research Laboratory and AFWERX have partnered to streamline the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) process by accelerating the small business experience through faster proposal to award timelines, changing the pool of potential applicants by expanding opportunities to small business and eliminating bureaucratic overhead by continually implementing process improvement changes in contract execution. The DAF began offering the Open Topic SBIR/STTR program in 2018 which expanded the range of innovations the DAF funded and now on February 9, 2024, Inergy will start its journey to create and provide innovative capabilities that will strengthen the national defense of the United States of America. 

"This project represents a significant leap forward in off-grid power solutions for the Air Force," says Sean Luangrath, CEO of Inergy. "We are honored to partner with AFWERX and leverage our expertise in renewable energy to support the critical missions of our armed forces." 

Note: The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Air Force, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. government.

About Inergy
Inergy manufactures and distributes products that help individuals worldwide improve their quality of life with adaptable, clean, renewable power. The company’s line of products provides its customers with power anywhere, any time; so they can enjoy the good times, prepare for hard times, and rise above any obstacle life may throw at them. Inergy is leading the renewable power revolution with a bottom-up approach by making modular, plug-and-play solar power and home energy solutions available to individual consumers, families, and businesses.

About AFRL
The Air Force Research Laboratory is the primary scientific research and development center for the Department of the Air Force. AFRL plays an integral role in leading the discovery, development, and integration of affordable warfighting technologies for our air, space and cyberspace force. With a workforce of more than 12,500 across nine technology areas and 40 other operations across the globe, AFRL provides a diverse portfolio of science and technology ranging from fundamental to advanced research and technology development. For more information, visit afresearchlab.com. 

As the innovation arm of the DAF and a directorate within the Air Force Research Laboratory, AFWERX brings cutting-edge American ingenuity from small businesses and start-ups to address the most pressing challenges of the DAF. AFWERX employs approximately 325 military, civilian and contractor personnel at six hubs and sites executing an annual $1.4 billion budget. Since 2019, AFWERX has executed 4,697 new contracts worth more than $2.6 billion to strengthen the U.S. defense industrial base and drive faster technology transition to operational capability. For more information, visit: afwerx.com.   


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