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Energy Harvesting From Temperature Variation with Time (HOTT)

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
85079
Program Year/Program:
2008 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
F074-001-0093
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
NextGen Aeronautics
2780 Skypark Drive Suite 400 Torrance, CA 90505-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Energy Harvesting From Temperature Variation with Time (HOTT)
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9550-08-C-0016
Award Amount: $99,908.00
 

Abstract:

NextGen is partnering with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) to develop tiny energy harvesting modules exploiting variation/fluctuation in ambient temperature with time. Our team is proposing to improve electric power generation by an order of magnitude over state-of-the-art thermoelectric power-converters by using pyro-piezoelectric properties of ferroelectric materials. We are proposing thin film layered structure that enhances its pyroelectric coefficient and simultaneously utilizes piezoceramic properties to increase power output. The proposal is based on preliminary work done by Dr. Mossi at VCU. NextGen team will demonstrate the proposed concept at a breadboard level in Phase I and develop fabrication technology to manufacture tiny modular units in Phase II. One of the technological hurdles to wide spread use of wireless sensors for structural and system health monitoring is the continuous power source. Truly "place and forget" types of sensors are required. Energy harvesting from surrounding environment is a way of achieving it. NextGen is continuously monitoring commercial development in energy harvesting area but has not found anything that satisfies miniaturized light weight sensor unit requirements for use in aerospace vehicles. Having already developed tiny wireless sensors with rechargeable batteries, we are keenly interested in developing, integrating with sensors and commercializing tiny energy harvesting modules.

Principal Investigator:

Shiv Joshi
Principal Investigator
3106268360
sjoshi@nextgenaero.com

Business Contact:

Zoltan Feher
Manager, Contracts and Pricing
3106268384
zfeher@nextgenaero.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

NEXTGEN AERONAUTICS
2780 Skypark Drive Suite 400 Torrance, CA 90505

EIN/Tax ID: 030404178
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH UNIV.
PO BOX 980568
RICHMOND, VA 23298
Contact: Betty Browder
Contact Phone: (804) 828-6772
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university