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Energy Harvesting Fabric

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911QY-16-P-0002
Agency Tracking Number: A15A-017-0127
Amount: $149,960.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: A15A-T017
Solicitation Number: 2015.0
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-01-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2016-07-01
Small Business Information
3100 Fresh Way SW
Huntsville, AL 35805
United States
DUNS: 124289294
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Alton Reich
 (256) 713-1220
Business Contact
 Alton Reich
Phone: (256) 713-1220
Research Institution
 Wake Forest University
 Amy Comer
1834 Wake Forest Road
United States

 (336) 758-4228
 Nonprofit College or University

A human produces more than 100 Watts of waste heat during normal activity. If a fraction of this heat energy can be harvested it can replace the stored chemical energy in one or more of the batteries typically carried by soldiers in the field. The current generation batteries, such as the BB2590 are bulky and rigid. The PowerFelt material developed by Wake Forest University is ideally suited for harvesting power from active humans. It combines thermoelectric and piezoelectric properties in a flexible fabric that can be easily attached to cloth and can be laundered. The PowerFelt operates efficiently with small temperature differences and the combined piezotronic (thermoelectric and piezoelectric) power output is greater than the individual components indicating that there is a positive interaction between the phenomena. This project will build on previous development to demonstrate the feasibility of generating sufficient power to replace at least one battery.

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