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A Thin-film Thermoelectric Generator will be Developed Using a Novel…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
99276
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
94112
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
03 b
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
PLASMA CONTROLS, LLC
1180 La Eda Lane Fort Collins, CO 80526-4415
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: A Thin-film Thermoelectric Generator will be Developed Using a Novel Manufacturing Approach
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG02-10ER85906
Award Amount: $99,999.00
 

Abstract:

The Department of Energy is interested in increasing the performance and cost-effectiveness of thermoelectric generator modules intended for waste heat recovery systems. Although high-efficiency small-scale thermoelectric generators have been demonstrated in the laboratory, scaling to production-level devices has proven difficult. A team of researchers from Plasma Controls and Colorado State University will develop a thin-film superlattice thermoelectric generator module, appropriate for waste heat recovery applications, using a novel manufacturing approach. The module will have high efficiency, through a high thermoelectric figure of merit, and use low-cost materials appropriate for large-scale manufacturing. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits: The thermoelectric generator module is primarily intended for waste heat recovery in small-scale, less than 2 MW, engines. These include engines used in distributed power generation, pipeline pumping stations, long-haul trucks, marine vessels, locomotives, and lighter duty vehicles among others. A waste heat recovery system utilizing both thermoelectric generator modules and an organic Rankine cycle has the potential to increase power production efficiency by ten percent or more.

Principal Investigator:

Casey Farnell
Dr.
9705812239
casey.farnell@plasmacontrols.com

Business Contact:

Casey Farnell
Dr.
9705812239
casey.farnell@plasmacontrols.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Plasma Controls, Llc
1180 La Eda Lane Fort Collins, CO 80526

EIN/Tax ID: 261535334
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No