Power Dense Bottoming Cycles for Microturbine Energy Recovery

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-09-M-0179
Agency Tracking Number: N091-072-1225
Amount: $69,930.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: N091-072
Solicitation Number: 2009.1
Small Business Information
263 Decatur Street, Atlanta, GA, 30312
DUNS: 807623046
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 James Muller
 Director, Engineering Dev
 (404) 584-2475
Business Contact
 Tony Pace
Title: Director, Engineering Dev
Phone: (404) 584-2475
Email: pace@johnsonrd.com
Research Institution
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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