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SBIR Phase I: Improved Thermoelectric Generators through the use of Aerogels

Award Information

Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
88227
Program Year/Program:
2008 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
0740005
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
ASPEN AEROGELS, INC.
30 Forbes Road Building B Northborough, MA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: SBIR Phase I: Improved Thermoelectric Generators through the use of Aerogels
Agency: NSF
Contract: 0740005
Award Amount: $99,998.00
 

Abstract:

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will demonstrate the feasibility of incorporating aerogels into thermoelectric devices to improve their efficiency and lifetime. The proposed work will develop and evaluate aerogel-filled thermoelectric generators for converting waste heat into electrical energy. For internal combustion engines, ~38% of the generated power is lost as waste heat through the exhaust system. Adding aerogels into thermoelectric (TE) devices will improve their efficiency by eliminating heat transfer from the hot side to the cold side. Furthermore, the TE generator's lifetime will be improved by reducing the sublimation of the TE material at elevated temperatures. Success in the proposed Phase I program will demonstrate the feasibility of using aerogels in TE generators for the hybrid-electric vehicle (HEV) market. The inclusion of aerogels is anticipated to provide a 21% improvement in power generation over typical TE devices. This development will improve the power density of the HEV, ultimately reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 150,000 metric tons during the lifetime of the vehicle.

Principal Investigator:

Wendell Rhine
PhD
5084663130
wrhine@aerogel.com

Business Contact:

Wendell Rhine
PhD
5084663130
wrhine@aerogel.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

ASPEN AEROGELS INC
30 FORBES RD, BLDG B NORTHBOROUGH, MA 01532

EIN/Tax ID: 043559972
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No