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High Efficiency Selective Emitter Matched Thermophotovoltaic Cell Module

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Department of Defense
Missile Defense Agency
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2002 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Structured Materials Industries
201 Circle Drive North Unit # 102 Piscataway, NJ 08854-3723
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2002
Title: High Efficiency Selective Emitter Matched Thermophotovoltaic Cell Module
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: NAS-302140
Award Amount: $67,954.00


The Antimonides Group at Structured Materials Industries (SMI) has recently demonstrated high-efficiency InGaAsSb TPV cells with a cut-off wavelengths of 2.4 microns and is developing 1.8/2.4 micron tandem TPV and 2.7 InAsSbP TPV cells. The overallefficiency of TPV modules could be greatly improved by spectrally matching the bandgap of the cell to the output of a selective emitter. SMI proposes to develop a thermophotovoltaic converter module based on the combination of a high efficiency TPV celland a rare-earth doped ceramic selective emitter. In the Phase I program we will develop a most promising selective emitter material and design a TPV cell to match it in Phase II the emitter and cell will be combined in a module and packaged forcommercialization. This program will provide cost-effective, high-efficiency TPV modules for space power and other commercial and military applications. Specific applications include combustion-fueled portable battery chargers, co-generation ofelectricity from furnaces and nuclear reactors, and power for deep space missions utilizing radioisotope heat sources.

Principal Investigator:

Aleksander A. Maiorov
Staff Scientist

Business Contact:

Gary S. Tompa
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Structured Materials Industries
120 Centennial Ave. Piscataway, NJ 08854

EIN/Tax ID: 223175106
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No