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Nanotube-Enhanced Bulk TE Nanocomposite for High-Efficiency Waste Heat Recovery…

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Department of Energy
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2009 / STTR
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Small Business Information
Aegis Technology Inc.
12620 F Westminster Ave. Santa Ana, CA 92706-2160
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Nanotube-Enhanced Bulk TE Nanocomposite for High-Efficiency Waste Heat Recovery for Electricity Generation
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG02-09ER86379
Award Amount: $100,000.00


There is a pressing need to develop high-conversion-efficiency thermoelectric (TE) generators for cost-effective industrial waste heat recovery. The key to the development of such high-efficiency TE systems is the development of a TE material with a high ZT value. An opportunity exists to develop a novel, low-cost, bulk nanotube-enhanced nanocomposite to achieve this goal. This project will (1) develop a cost-effective scalable approach to the fabrication of large dimension (bulk) nanotubes (e.g., the Bi2Te3-enhanced nanocomposite, Bi2Te3-Sb2Te3) with high-ZT value, providing a material basis for the production of high power TE devices and systems; and (2) design, demonstrate, and characterize the TE generator module using the synthesized nanocomposite. Phase I will include both material characterization and TE prototyping, in order to identify the related technical issues that govern the fabrication and performance of this novel high-ZT bulk nanocomposite and the resultant TE modules. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: High-ZT TE materials should enable the production of high-power, high efficiency TE generators that can be used for industrial waste heat recovery, leading to an increase in energy efficiency and a simultaneous reduction in the unfavorable emissions. The technology also should find use in a variety of high-efficiency cooling applications, including space cooling in buildings and vehicles, and refrigeration for residential, commercial, and industrial applications

Principal Investigator:

Timothy Lin

Business Contact:

Bob Liui
Small Business Information at Submission:

Aegis Technology Inc.
3300 Westminster Ave. Santa Ana, CA 92703

EIN/Tax ID: 731630407
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
State University of New York
P.O. Box 6000
Binghamton, NY 13902 6000
Contact: Jiye Fang
Contact Phone: (607) 777-2517
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university