MilliWatt Modules Using Parallel Circuitry

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG03-01ER83249
Agency Tracking Number: 65312S01-II
Amount: $375,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
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: 65312
Phone: (858) 695-6660
Research Institution
65312 Future space missions, involving the powering of multiple remote sensors and periodic transmission of collected data back to earth, require redundant or parallel circuitry within very small and very reliable thermoelectric power supplies of 40 mW to 500 mW size. Space allocation and weight constraints require the solution of the redundancy problem within current envelopes. By reducing the size and dimensional tolerances of the elements used in the thermoelectric module, a parallel circuit will be incorporated into the module design without increasing the module size. Phase I: (1) demonstrated new tooling that results in near-perfect alignment of the smaller legs in a matrix module with parallel circuitry, (2) demonstrated semi-automation of gold tab spot welding of the smaller legs and a gold deposition system for element connections, and (3) identified and analyzed two parallel circuit designs. Phase II will (1) further develop the matrix fabrication process for near perfect alignment, (2) continue the development of both the gold deposition process and the parallel gap spot welding at gold tabs, and (3) fabricate and evaluate modules with the two (serpentine and cluster) parallel circuitry designs. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: The small thermoelectric modules should have use in powering remote sensors for the wireless transmission of data. Early warning and protection of critical, expensive, and safety related equipment should be achieved.

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

Agency Micro-sites

SBA logo
Department of Agriculture logo
Department of Commerce logo
Department of Defense logo
Department of Education logo
Department of Energy logo
Department of Health and Human Services logo
Department of Homeland Security logo
Department of Transportation logo
Environmental Protection Agency logo
National Aeronautics and Space Administration logo
National Science Foundation logo
US Flag An Official Website of the United States Government