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Solid State Heat Pumps

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-05-C-0176
Agency Tracking Number: 04ST1-0004
Amount: $749,759.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: ST041-001
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2004
Award Year: 2005
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2005-09-13
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2007-12-31
Small Business Information
2591 Clyde Avenue, Suite 3
State College, PA 16801
United States
DUNS: 051655103
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 David Pickrell
 (814) 861-4160
Business Contact
 David Pickrell
Title: President
Phone: (814) 861-4160
Research Institution
 Jay Maynard
Dept. of Physics
University Park, PA 16802
United States

 (814) 865-6353
 Nonprofit college or university

The goal of this project is to produce prototypes of a modular solid state heat pump based on a novel thermoelastic effect. The heat pumps will be tested in a portable, battery powered cooler for a chemical suit, such as those used in environments subjected to bio-chemical attacks. The new thermoelastic heat pump is particularly suited for such an application because it has high power density (so it can be small and lightweight), and has high efficiency (so it can operate for long periods of time on battery power). The heat pump units to be produced are robust, having no sliding seals, valves, timing trains, etc. and may be easily connected to heat exchangers for a wide variety of applications, in addition to the chem suit application. The thermoelastic effect is reversible, so that modules may be used as electrical power generators, using heat (possibly waste heat) as input.

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