Electro-Optic Control System for Stimulation of Oil and Geothermal Wells

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG03-01ER83249
Agency Tracking Number: 65312S01-I
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2001
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
7606 Miramar Road, Suite 7400, San Diego, CA, 92126
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Norbert Elsner
 (858) 695-6660
Business Contact
 Norbert Elsner
Title: President
Phone: (858) 695-6660
Email: n.elsner@hi-z.com
Research Institution
65312 Future space missions require reliable, small power Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators (RTGs) with power levels from 40 to 500 milli-Watts. Therefore, this project will develop small, low power thermoelectric modules with redundant circuitry (parallel circuit). By reducing the size of the elements used in the thermoelectric module, a parallel circuit will be incorporated into the module design without increasing the module size. The module size reduction will be accomplished by reducing element tolerances and using new techniques to bond the micro gold contacts to the module legs. Phase I will develop techniques for assembling near perfect alignment of N and P thermopile legs, incorporate parallel circuitry in the thermopile, and develop low resistance electrical contacts for the N and P legs. Commercial Applications And Other Benefits as described by awardee: Small thermoelectric modules could be used to power sensors for the wireless transmission of data. This market is expected to grow quite large in the maintenance of expensive, safety related equipment.

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