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Self-Contained Heat Exchanging Thermoelectric Energy Source

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Department of Defense
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2011 / SBIR
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Physical Optics Corporation
Electro-Optics Systems 1845 West 205th Street Torrance, CA 90501-
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Self-Contained Heat Exchanging Thermoelectric Energy Source
Agency: DOD
Contract: N00167-11-P-0398
Award Amount: $79,998.00


To address the Navy"s need for high-efficiency thermoelectric power generators, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a new Self-Contained Heat Exchanging Thermoelectric Energy Source (SCHETES). This proposed device is based on electrically conductive silicon-nanostructures embedded within a high-temperature matrix for high-efficiency conversion of heat to electrical energy (expected ZT of>1.5) within a high-efficiency heat exchanger. The innovation in silicon-nanostructures will enable the system to provide up to 700 W of electrical energy in a package 10 in. x 10 in. x 5 in., weighing only 7.65 lb, which is capable of burning all types of logistic fuels and handling the high temperatures by using materials with high melting points. As a result, SCHETES offers a large amount of electrical energy in a small package with low weight and provides selectable output voltages of 12 V or 24 V, which directly address the Navy"s requirements for supplemental power for weapon systems. In Phase I, POC will demonstrate the feasibility of SCHETES by simulation and design, as well as a Phase I proof-of-concept prototype. In Phase II, POC"s plans include prototype development and performance validation, with a final report incorporating analysis and recommendations for transition to Phase III.

Principal Investigator:

Daniel Bock
Director, Intelligent Wir
(310) 320-3088

Business Contact:

Gordon Drew
Chief Financial Officer
(310) 320-3088
Small Business Information at Submission:

Physical Optics Corporation
Electro-Optics Systems Division Bldg. 100 Torrance, CA -

EIN/Tax ID: 330118051
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No