Efficient Conversion of Solar Fulx Into Rural Energy Sources

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Amount:
$79,435.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
2006-33610-16781
Solitcitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
2006
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
2006-00305
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Small Business Information
LuXsine Energy Company
10800 S. 241st Avenue, Sapulpa, OK, 74066
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
N/A
Principal Investigator
 Travis Mecham
 President
 (918) 224-8956
 tnvmecham@hotmail.com
Business Contact
 Travis Mecham
Title: President
Phone: (918) 224-8956
Email: tnvmecham@hotmail.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
An important problem facing rural America is the lack of job opportunities. This is particularly true in much of the arid southwestern U.S. These rural communities have little that they can export into commodity priced markets. Hence, this region has among the highest incidence (% of county population) of poverty in the U.S. Yet, the southwestern U.S. has abundant solar energy which could provide the comparative advantage for rural economic development - creating new business and job opportunities. Historically, the collection and conversion of sunlight into usable forms of energy has been too expensive and too inefficient to take advantage of this abundant, renewable resource. Mathematical modeling of a new proprietary process indicates very high conversion efficiencies from sunlight into usable forms of mechanical heat energy. The purpose of this research is to construct a test apparatus to rigorously quantify the overall solar flux-to-heat energy efficiency and validate the mathematical models for a new solar-thermal technology. This new technology can be constructed of simple, inexpensive materials to efficiently generate raw heat. This heat can be used in numerous industrial, commercial, manufacturing or other agricultural processes or to generate electricity. These advances promise to make solar energy a competitive alternative to fossil fuels and create a supply of affordable energy, one of the pillars in economic development: to power renewal in rural southwestern communities.

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