Solar Thermal Energy Storage Vessel

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 2009-00368
Amount: $77,173.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
201 E MAIN ST, Portland, IN, 47371
DUNS: 107242208
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 James Blevins
 (260) 726-2301
Business Contact
 Donald Crawmer
Title: Director of Sales
Phone: (260) 726-2301
Research Institution
Historically, the collection and conversion of sunlight into stored energy has been too limited and too inefficient to take advantage of this abundant, renewable resource. Mathematical modeling of a new proprietary medium mixture indicates very high conversion efficiencies from sunlight into a storable form of high temperature solar energy. The purpose of this research is to construct a test vessel to rigorously quantify the storage capability of our solar energy vessel and to validate our mathematical models of the storage media. This new technology can be constructed of simple, inexpensive materials and efficiently store solar energy. This stored energy can be used in multiple applications, with our initial emphasis being HVAC. The energy savings would be tremendous for industrial, commercial and residential applications, including rural operations. It is our belief that our storage vessel would allow solar energy to replace current fossil fuel usage, saving the agricultural producer thousands of dollars annually. The potential for increased profitability and the resulting reduction in consumer pricing makes this a very important project. Additionally important is the great potential for job creation upon commercialization of this project. There is an abundant global marketplace for this product, due to the proliferation of solar energy products in use worldwide. Our Solar Thermal Storage Vessel will answer the universal problem of all solar thermal energy products, which is its inability to perform in non-solar hours.

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