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Two-Stage Thermionic Converter

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Missile Defense Agency
Award ID:
18113
Program Year/Program:
1992 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
18113
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Advanced Energy Technology,
P.o. Box 327 La Jolla, CA 92038
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1992
Title: Two-Stage Thermionic Converter
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $50,000.00
 

Abstract:

Recent advances enable thermionic converters to achieve energy conversion efficiencies of up to 30%. Advanced Energy Technology will explore this technology for nuclear space power. High efficiency means that more power can be obtained with a smaller system radiator; this reduces spacecraft mass and increases manueverability, as well as improved packaging. Our converter is inherently survivable against laser and nuclear threats - in fact, it can continue to operate and produce power at elevated heat sink temperatures. Its modular for survivability against pellet threats. This device uses SAVTEC close-spaced thermionic converter technology and barium-cesium thermionic converter technology. High efficiency is achieved by an optimized two-stage configuration. Potential uses of the conversion technology with non-nuclear heat sources are more efficient terrestial commercial power plants and cogeneration of electricity in industry.

Principal Investigator:

Gary O. Fitzpatrick
6194554310

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Advanced Energy Technology,
P.o. Box 327 La Jolla, CA 92038

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