Solar Thermal Energy Storage Vessel

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$77,173.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
90497
Agency Tracking Number:
2009-00368
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
201 E MAIN ST, Portland, IN, 47371
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
107242208
Principal Investigator:
JamesBlevins
CEO
(260) 726-2301
wblevins@sertechheating-air.com
Business Contact:
DonaldCrawmer
Director of Sales
(260) 726-2301
dcrawmer@sertechheating-air.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
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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