Power Dense Bottoming Cycles for Microturbine Energy Recovery

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$69,930.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00014-09-M-0179
Agency Tracking Number:
N091-072-1225
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
N091-072
Solicitation Number:
2009.1
Small Business Information
Johnson Research & Development Co., Inc.
263 Decatur Street, Atlanta, GA, 30312
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
807623046
Principal Investigator:
James Muller
Director, Engineering Dev
(404) 584-2475
jrmuller@johnsonrd.com
Business Contact:
Tony Pace
Director, Engineering Dev
(404) 584-2475
pace@johnsonrd.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The United States Navy (USN) is seeking innovative, power dense bottoming cycles for use in conjunction with microturbines. We propose a transformative and innovative, solid-state heat engine, the Johnson Thermoelectric Energy Converter (JTEC, US Patent 7,160,839) as an efficient power generator for advanced waste heat recovery for electricity generation. The JTEC technology was given a 2008 Breakthrough Award by Popular Mechanics and has also been featured in IEEE magazine “Spectrum”. The engine is a direct heat to electric converter and can operate on a very wide range of heat source temperatures. The JTEC, which operates on the Carnot equivalent Ericsson cycle, can efficiently and directly convert thermal energy to electricity. The targeted power output for the bottoming cycle is 10kW at full load with a source temperature of 260°C. Preliminary models suggest that the JTEC can achieve the goals suggested in this solicitation.

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