Compact night vision focal plane array cooling using FlexTEC high-ZTape

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W909MY-09-C-0004
Agency Tracking Number: A062-118-2473
Amount: $778,940.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solitcitation Year: 2006
Solitcitation Topic Code: A06-118
Solitcitation Number: 2006.2
Small Business Information
Nanohmics, Inc
6201 East Oltorf St., Suite 400, Austin, TX, 78741
Duns: 100651798
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Steve Savoy
 Vice President Tech. Dev.
 (512) 389-9990
Business Contact
 Keith Jamison
Title: President
Phone: (512) 389-9990
Research Institution
Compact, solid-state thermoelectric devices provide many advantages in refrigeration and power generation. These highly reliable devices have no moving parts, operate over a large range of temperatures, do not emit toxic/environmentally unfriendly gases and are easily integrated into thermal systems. Despite these advantages, engineering applications have been limited by the relatively low intrinsic energy conversion efficiency of the devices compared to conventional refrigeration systems. This limitation stems from the semiconductor materials comprising the thermoelectric elements (i.e. short legs of active material between the two ceramic faces). To a lesser extent, the engineered dimensions and the thermal/electrical contact resistances of the device play a role in the overall device efficiency. Increasing the intrinsic efficiency of the thermoelectric materials and providing structures that are amenable to custom engineered geometries will open up new opportunities in Army applications such as detector cooling, integrated textile (personal BDU) cooling and conformability to waste heat pipes/machinery for energy recovery. The results of the Phase I program provided a conceptual illustration of the method for fabricating consolidated nanophase high ZT composites and scaling the fabrication of the consolidated high ZT thermoelectric element arrays into a manufacturing setting. For the Phase II program, Nanohmics and Dr. Stokes will continue the development of FlexTEC high-ZTape, a conformable solid-state cooling device that promises high-efficiency, low-cost, and lightweight integration into Army thermal management systems.

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