The Office of Naval Research established the Electric Ship Research and Development Consortium in 2002. The group's stated goal is to develop the tools for designing the complex electrical systems for an all-electric fighting ship. This transformational vessel requires unprecedented levels of system complexity to support electric propulsion, energy storage, and electric weapons and sensors. The consortium is also charged with addressing the national shortage of electric power engineers by providing educational opportunities.
Consortium members are drawn from universities, government agencies and businesses with expertise in the advanced technologies and electrical system engineering demanded by the scope of this project.
The work of the ESRDC has resulted in technical papers and other documents, many of which are available through this website. The collection also includes a number of classified documents that can be accessed only by ESRDC members.